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The culture of impunity: What journalists need to know about international humanitarian law

Volume 16, Issue 1

May, 2010

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Alley, R. (2010). The culture of impunity: What journalists need to know about international humanitarian law. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(1): 78-95
Reporting Wars
Author(s): Rod Alley
Publication date: 
May, 2010

Whether they are nationals reporting wars occurring within their countries or international news media staff, journalists are facing growing dangers when covering conflict events. As civilians, they are protected to some extent by international humanitarian law (IHL). But what are these rules and how adequate is such coverage? The article details the core elements of IHL, its relevance for journalists and key issues of implementation and compliance. The news media profession has attempted in the last decade to strengthen normative protections which are discussed. The issue is viewed as one of continuing salience for the Pacific. The article concludes by observing that the issue of protection in combat for journalists is something that the profession has to confront systematically.