[GA - PASSED] Repeal: “Safety And Integrity In Conflict Journalism”

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Repeal: “Safety And Integrity In Conflict Journalism”
Category: Repeal | GA #554
Proposed by: Apatosaurus | Onsite Topic
Replacement: Onsite Drafting Thread


General Assembly Resolution #554 “Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism” (Category: Education and Creativity; Area of Effect: Free Press) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

The General Assembly,

Respecting the intent of GAR#554 “Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism” to protect journalists operating in conflict zones, but

Disappointed that the resolution contains several significant and easily exploitable loopholes, and in some cases blocks further legislation to resolve these issues, rendering it inadequate for continued enforcement by this august body,

Highlighting the loopholes present due to the substandard and flawed definition of a “conflict journalist” in Clause 1b, which:
  1. by requiring that conflict journalists be “employed in providing journalism” in order to be included in the definition, can easily be interpreted as excluding journalists that do not engage in journalism due to an employment contract (for example, freelance or citizen journalists), thus failing to protect significant portions of journalists, and
  2. includes the hazy requirement that a conflict journalist must “[operate] independent of any belligerent faction” in order to be included in the definition, which is vague enough that member-states can easily claim that journalists nominally dependent on a belligerent faction, such as non-government news organisations headquartered in a belligerent nation during an international war, are exempt from the protections in the resolution,
Alarmed that the definition of an "act of espionage" in Clause 1c excludes acts that should be considered espionage but where third parties, rather than "belligerents", benefit from these acts; clause 2b then forces member-states to allow conflict journalists to carry out "any journalism that is not an act of espionage from or near a conflict zone", thus blocking further regulation, whether national or within this institution, to prohibit espionage that does not fit into 2b's definition, if it is done via conflict journalism,

Bothered that Clause 3 fails to protect conflict journalists from entities that are not member-states or military entities, such as armed civilians, betraying that clause's intent by allowing such actors to carry out those acts which it prohibits member-states from perpetrating, and

Concluding that, while the intent of GAR#554 is meritorious and a topic undoubtedly deserving of attention by this institution, it contains several issues and loopholes that cause it to be too poor to remain in force,

Hereby Repeals GAR#554 “Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism”.
Note: Only votes from TNP WA nations and NPA personnel will be counted. If you do not meet these requirements, please add (non-WA) or something of that effect to your vote.
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"Repeal: 'Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism'" has passed 12,750 votes (79%) to 3,380 (21%).
 
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Overview
This proposal seeks to repeal GAR#554 "Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism" for problematic and significant loopholes. The repeal specifically calls out clauses 1b and 1c (when combined with clause 2b) for notably flawed definitions, and clause 3 for failing to fully protect conflict journalists.

Recommendation
The Ministry agrees with the statements that the target is a subpar resolution with multiple issues. The lack of consideration of the kinds of journalists beyond those employed via contract (such as freelance journalists), combined with the target’s insufficient protections for journalists severely hinders the proper execution of GAR#554’s goal. In addition, the target creates a severe loophole protecting espionage and preventing regulation thereof, legislating beyond the scope of itself and causing issues for member states. GAR#554 is clearly a problematic resolution, and one worth repealing.

For the above reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly affairs hereby recommends a vote For the General Assembly Resolution at vote, "Repeal: ‘Safety And Integrity In Conflict Journalism.’"

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This proposal has received the necessary approvals to enter the formal queue. Barring it being withdrawn or marked illegal, it will proceed to a vote at Saturday's Major Update.
 

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"Repeal: 'Safety and Integrity in Conflict Journalism'" has passed 12,750 votes (79%) to 3,380 (21%). This is author Apatosaurus' 1st General Assembly Resolution passed and 4th World Assembly Resolution overall (they passed 3 Security Council Resolutions on The Python).
 
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