Pentagon needs to rethink calling war journalists ‘belligerents’, says watchdog –Open letter from Reporters Without Borders calls on US defense secretary to revise manual containing ‘disturbing’ language on treating reporters like spies

An international press freedom group has called on US defense secretary Ash Carter to revise “dangerous” language of a new Pentagon manual that says journalists can become “unprivileged belligerents” akin to spies or saboteurs.

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) published an open letter to Carter on Tuesday in response to the Department of Defense’s first Law of War Manual, which has provoked outrage among journalists for saying war reporters may be held liable for “engaging in hostilities” or “spying, sabotage and similar acts behind enemy lines”.

Read more at:   http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/11/pentagon-war-reporters-unprivileged-belligerents-spies

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