The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of War Manual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents states, may be treated as "unprivileged belligerents." But the manual's justification for categorizing journalists this way is not based on any specific case, law or treaty. Instead, the relevant passages have footnotes referring to either other parts of the document or matters not germane to this legal assertion. And the language used to attempt to justify this categorization is weak at best.
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Carlos Lauría, Senior Coordinator for the Americas, Committee to Protect Journalists will testify at the Congressional Hearing: Threats to Press Freedom in the Americas on July 29.
The event will cover a description of the state of press freedom in the Americas, paying particular attention to the challenges journalists are facing in the region at-large and in specific countries. It will also include an analysis of challenges to the press both government-sponsored and from other factors, such as criminal groups, internal armed conflict, drug trade, or social factors, etc. Carlos will also discuss CPJ's work and findings on press challenges in the region, while providing policy recommendations for Congress to consider on how to more effectively promote press liberties.
July 16, 2015
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