OPINION-War journalists-“Their life is not protected”

by Sabina Vagif

Idrak Abbasov talks about war journalists

On March 12, an Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber was traveling with two other Al Jazeera staff back to the rebel held city of Benghazi after reporting on an opposition protest in a nearby town. Moreover, unknown fighters opened fire on the car they were traveling in, according to Al Jazeera. This tragical event is raised the evidence that war journalists are still not protected in War areas during covering a conflict, no matter how professional they behave.

Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov thinks so and he shares his opinion about this event. as well as, his experience. He is a chief of the Extremal Journalists Institute in Baku. I.Abbasov covered the war between Georgia and Russia in 2008 where seven journalists were killed: “The situation in Libya is really so complicated and hard for correspondents as well. As I know four american journalists were been lost. The problem is that makes journlists’ job harder, and risky in the citizen war area. Therefore, in such kind of situation neither local, nor international law are being followed. So, it means even if a journalist is very well trained he or she still can be killed by fighting sides”.

Idrak Abbasov, war correspondent

Idrak Abbasov says that another challenge is most of the time during war international and local law, norms, codes are not work: “However, journalists should be aware of all these international law for journalists in order to protect their rights. For example, during the war between Russia and Georgia there were journalists from Georgia they shouted to the Russian militaries: ‘get out, fascists!’.  At the same time kind of approach put our-foreign journalists’ life under the risk”.

About Azerbaijan media I.Abbasov thinks that the situation is more challenging here: “Firstly, our local media is not so professional. Secondly, war reporters should be provided by appropriate equipment, they should have security jackets, and of course, they should be paid enough. We do not have these opportunities even if we are living in the conflict area with Armenia, we have Karabagh conflict“.

Back to the uprising in Libya I.Abbasov would like to mention that for the people who has been killed and also for an Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber’s death Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi is guilty. He mentions that M.Gaddafi should take responsibility to his nation, he should build peace and stop being against to conman citizens’ stamina.

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