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Pentagon needs to rethink calling war journalists 'belligerents', says watchdog

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”.

“This terminology leaves too much room for interpretation, putting journalists in a dangerous position,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire wrote in the letter.

“Likening journalistic activity to spying is just the kind of ammunition certain repressive countries like Iran, Syria and China would seek out to support their practices of censorship and criminalization of journalists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ash Carter had this phrase inserted deliberately to create a chilling effect on the language,nuance, and images used to describe activities in war zones, particularly if they do not reflect well on the actions of the American military.

I would like to respectfully remind Secretary Carter that purpose of real reporting is to tell the truth; not bend it to the "narrative" of this government.

However, unfortunately, the criminalization and censorship of American journalists is well and truly on the rise.

I understand that wars are the tools for amassing great wealth,for the military/industrial complex, and large financial institutions, which loan money at interest to governments pursuing wars. This is why I am so adamantly against war as a means of resolution of geopolitical disputes.