Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Are US conflict journalists guaranteed non-combatant status? Pentagon narrows Law of War manual

Missy Ryan has an important “checkpoint” story on P A17 of the Washington Post on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, “Language on journalists is revised in Law of War”.  Online, the title is more specific, “Pentagon alters Law of War manual to remove suggestion journalists are combatants”

The Pentagon reinforces the idea that the services may have their own war correspondents, and that journalists could jeopardize their status by reporting classified information, like the positions of artillery forward observers.  Oh, that memory of Army Basic comes back.

Journalists who break the rules have sometimes been detained without charge.

There’s a mentality that journalists should “pay their dues” with conflict reporting.  But it's always been interesting to me that Clark Kent becomes a journalist.
(See related post June 19.)

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