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Latin America: Course on journalism in armed conflicts

15-09-2003 News Release 03/107

The third online course on journalism in armed conflicts organized by the ICRC was launched on 15 September with the participation of 180 journalists and students of journalism from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru.

For one month the participants will have access to the course on a website set up by a company specializing in online training. The course takes 10 to 20 hours to complete, depending on how much of the material each student wishes to cover. Among other things, it focuses on the protection and assistance afforded to victims of armed conflict under international humanitarian law, the responsibility journalists have to report on violations of humanitarian norms and the protection which the ICRC can provide for journalists on dangerous assignments.

This time around, the course contains a new component on the recent armed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. It presents the views of journalists who covered those events and their thoughts on their work, in particular as regards breaches of humanitarian law.

The ICRC delegation in Buenos Aires provides ongoing tutoring for participants. Over the past two years, 320 people have attended the course and qualified for a certificate.

 Further information:  

 María Inés Peytrignet, ICRC Buenos Aires, tel.: ++5411 45 15 11 18  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++4122 730 2458