Journalists and media professionals play a crucial role in highlighting the humanitarian consequences of armed conflict. Though inevitably exposed to dangers as they report from conflict zones, the greatest threat journalists face is deliberate acts of violence against them with many being attacked and even killed while on duty. Exploring the scope of international humanitarian law (IHL) and how it can protect journalists working in the midst of hostilities is therefore an important aspect of helping them do their jobs efficiently and with safety.
To discuss these concerns, journalists from leading media houses and communication colleagues from humanitarian organizations in the Republic of Korea came together for a workshop organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Entitled "International Humanitarian Law and Protection of Journalists", the first-of-its-kind workshop was held on 1 November, in Seoul.