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‘On the ground’: The legal protection of journalists reporting from conflict

15th March 2012

Reporting on conflict comes at great risk. Media coverage from Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan, is brought to us by journalists that are increasingly vulnerable to attacks, and even death, as a result of their professional activities. Journalists take risks so that we do not have to: they are our witnesses to global events.

When a journalist is attacked, censored, or intimidated into silence, our right to access information is also attacked. This event examines the legal response to the challenges faced by journalists in conflicts. It will examine the legal protection of journalists under international human rights law, international humanitarian law and also the recent domestic legal challenges faced by the media in countries affected by conflict and internal disturbances. The event will also provide a practical assessment of the utility of these laws for modern journalists and the impact they have on the ground.

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