BBC reporter under Hamas fire: BBC-headed FPA silent

As we know, on November 18th 2012, the Foreign Press Association – headed by Paul Danahar of the BBC’s Jerusalem Bureau – put out a statement which included the following:

“The resolution states that the UNSC “Unanimously adopting resolution 1738 (2006), the Council recalled, without prejudice to the war correspondents’ right to the status of prisoners of war under the Third Geneva Convention, that journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered civilians, to be respected and protected as such” ” [emphasis added]

Here is footage taken on the same day as the FPA statement was issued and titled by the BBC itself “Israel-Gaza conflict: BBC presenter under rocket fire”.

Apart from the fact that the BBC’s Health & Safety department might want to improve risk assessments by instructing reporters to familiarize themselves with the protocols of behaviour in the event of rocket attacks (clue: standing outside in an open space and talking is not one of them), it is remarkable that neither the BBC nor the FPA apparently feels the need to issue a statement on the deliberate targeting of civilians (which, as we now know, includes journalists) by Hamas. 

After all, that does contravene the Protocol on the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts. 

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One comment on “BBC reporter under Hamas fire: BBC-headed FPA silent

  1. Article 58 of Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention.

    Precautions against the effects of attacks

    The Parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible:

    (a) without prejudice to Article 49 of the Fourth Convention, endeavour to remove the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects under their control from the vicinity of military objectives;
    (b) avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas;
    (c) take the other necessary precautions to protect the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects under their control against the dangers resulting from military operations.”

    and The Fourth Geneva Convention: Article 28 states “The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”
    and Article 29 states “The Party to the conflict in whose hands protected persons may be, is responsible for the treatment accorded to them by its agents, irrespective of any individual responsibility which may be incurred.”

    Top Islamic Jihad operatives, at least one of whom was killed yesterday, were operating from the building that was doubling up as a media centre.

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