General Assembly Resolution # 501
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Free Press
Proposed by: Foril
The World Assembly,
CONCERNED that there is currently no World Assembly legislation that protects wartime journalists,
HORRIFIED that wartime journalists may get wounded, kidnapped, or even killed on the frontline simply for doing their job, and
SEEKING to introduce better protections for wartime journalists to facilitate better transmission of information and better protection of lives,
HEREBY ENACTS the following:
For the purposes of this resolution:
a "war zone" is an area in which acts of war are ongoing,
"journalistic activities" are actions conducted with the express purpose of publishing information in the media, such as collecting information about the events of a war, interviewing local people and military personnel in the war zone, or taking photographs or videos of the war, and
a "wartime journalist" is a civilian wearing clearly visible identification that identifies them as a member of the press, and who is undertaking journalistic activities in a war zone.
Wartime journalists must be allowed freedom of movement in war zones and will not be denied access to an area to report on events there, unless such restriction is absolutely necessary to prevent harm to individuals or they are trespassing on private property.
Wartime journalists may report on any activity that occurs within a war zone, unless reporting on such activities could lead to loss of life or property, harm to individuals or property, or the jeopardisation of military efforts.
The protections enumerated in Articles 2 and 3 are subject to prior and standing international law. They shall not be granted to any wartime journalist who:
is carrying weapons,
interrupts active combat situations,
enters or passes through any location, if doing so is likely to lead to imminent loss of life or harm to individuals, or to the jeopardisation of military efforts, or
otherwise violates the provisions of this resolution.