Mar 9, 2014
Could Attacks on Journalists Be Made War Crimes?
Posted on Dec 15, 2013
The global journalist defense group Reporters Without Borders wants the International Criminal Court and the United Nations to consider attacks on journalists war crimes.
The U.N. Security Council met Friday to discuss what can be done to protect journalists amid news that more than 50 have been killed so far this year. An estimated 90 percent of those deaths go unpunished.
The Associated Press reported:
The proposal found support among attendants of the security council meeting. The Guatemalan ambassador, one of the meeting’s hosts, called the idea a good one, especially with many attacks on reporters occurring in countries with dysfunctional or collapsed judicial systems.
As reporters subject to the United States’ increasingly hostile Justice Department know, the threats to journalists include imprisonment. The briefing notes for the meeting said 183 journalists around the globe are currently in prison.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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