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India: war in the media

30-10-1996 News Release 96/43

Intended as a pilot project for the ICRC's New Delhi delegation, a two-day seminar (26-27  October) on " Humanitarian Reporting of Armed Conflict " turned out to be a truly unique experience: it marked the first time in the region that journalists, army officers and aid personnel came together to discuss humanitarian issues relating to armed conflicts.

The seminar emphasized the difficulties faced by humanitarian organizations working in today's unstructured conflicts and the increasing pressure placed on them to provide information in the absence of more traditional sources. For the ICRC, the primary aim of good working relations with the media is to facilitate its activities for war victims.