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