Dan Saxon/CPJ Guest Blogger

Dan Saxon is a former senior prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and a former legal adviser to the United Nations International Commission of Inquiry for Syria. This piece reflects the author’s personal views.

A Syrian pilot shot down and taken prisoner is interviewed by Al-Jazeera on October 17. (YouTube)

Humanitarian law, ethics, and journalism in Syria

A small number of journalists reporting from Syria have recently interviewed prisoners of war under highly coercive circumstances. In doing so, they have ignored the protections that are due to prisoners under international humanitarian law, or IHL.

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