Journalist protected - the Hague War Crimes Tribunal (Court of Appeals)

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December 11, 2002

Washington Post reporter Jonathan Randal cannot be compelled to testify in the trial of alleged Serbian war criminal Radoslav Brdjaninin: "If war correspondents were to be perceived as potential witnesses for the prosecution... they may have difficulties in gathering significant information because the interviewed person may talk less freely with them and deny them access to conflict zones... (and) war correspondents may shift from being observers of those committing human rights violations to being their targets." (see also concurring opinion: Judge Shahabuddeen)

See: Journalist protected - the Hague War Crimes Tribunal (Court of Appeals)

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