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Continued: Journalists brief UN Security Council for first time on protecting media in conflict

  • Article by: EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 17, 2013 - 5:50 PM

"Many of you hate us, by the way, and I know that," he said as diplomats burst into laughter. "It's a sign that we're doing our job properly if we've managed to piss you off. But there has to be some sort of balance. Just let us be there. Treat us as human beings. Just don't kill us."

The Security Council adopted a resolution in December 2006 condemning intentional attacks against journalists and saying that as civilians they must be "respected and protected." It urged parties to armed conflicts and all countries to comply with international humanitarian law requiring the protection of civilians, including journalists and media professionals, and to prosecute those who violate the law.

Citing the resolution, Acting U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said the Security Council must do "all it can" to ensure the protection of journalists. She urged U.N. member states to endorse a U.N. action plan adopted last year to promote the safety of journalists and combat impunity for those who attack and kill them.

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