Sunday, February 26, 2006

Journalists Urged to Remain Unarmed Victims

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Journalists 'must resist call to carry arms' Journalists are being killed all over Iraq, because some elements don't want the truth reported. But instead of being told to defend themselves, the INSI wants them to remain helpless in the face of death.
The International News Safety Institute has pleaded with journalists to resist suggestions that they should carry guns in Iraq, following the killing of al-Arabiya's Iraq correspondent Bahjat, cameraman Khalid Mahmoud and technician Adnan Khairullah yesterday.
I guess this is just another measure of the fact that I would make a lousy journalist. If I was in Iraq, I would want to be able to defend myself from kidnapping and beheading. The fact that I want to live doesn't make me biased.
"A journalist with a gun says 'some people in the situation I'm covering are my enemies and I am prepared to kill them if necessary'. That is not the position of a neutral civilian." [INSI director, Rodney Pinder.]
People who threaten me, automatically declare themselves my enemy. But hey, that's just me.

Pinder is also concerned that the journalists will also forfeit the protections afforded civilians under the Geneva conventions. He does not point out the the militias in Iraq are not abiding by the conventions. He merely calls the protection "flimsy." Non-existent would be a better call. Car bombs and suicide bombs targeting civilians, and the execution of prisoners are not allowed under the conventions, but happen all too often. (Execution of spies is allowed.)

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