Bravery or Bravado? The Protection of News Providers in Armed Conflict


Author: Nina Burri
During the last decade, the image of war correspondents in the news has shifted dramatically. Reports are no longer full of cheerleading stories of embedded journalists. Instead, stories of war reporters being attacked, kidnapped or injured prevail. Sadly, the former heroic witnesses to war have become victims of their own story.
In this book, Nina Burri provides the first comprehensive analysis on how international law protects professional and citizen journalists, photographers, cameramen and their support staff during times of war. Using examples from recent armed conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Gaza and Syria, Burri explores the means, methods and risks of contemporary war coverage and examines the protection of news providers by international humanitarian law, international criminal law and human rights law.

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Nina Burri, Dr.iur.(2015), University of Zurich, currently works for the district attorney for Zurich, Switzerland. She has published several articles on international law and Swiss public law and previously worked for Swiss TV, UNESCO and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Contents – Summary
List of Abbreviations; Glossary; Acknowledgements;
Chapter 1: War Reporting in the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Definitions and Applicable Law
Chapter 3: The Personal Protection of News Providers in International Law
Chapter 4: The Functional Protection of ‘Providing News’ in International Law
Chapter 5: Potential and Concepts for Reform
Concluding Observations
Table of Treaties and Legislation; Table of Cases; Bibliography; Other Materials; Index.
Institutes of law and legal libraries, media-related non-profit organisations, legal scholars and students of international law, journalists and media support staff, and laymen interested in the legal protection of journalists during wartime.