commitment in such situation.For journalists, the issues at the root of the violence are becoming more difficult to understand and to report about. Furthermore, journalists are being more directly targeted and many of them get killed, injured or go missing in situations marked by armed violence.At the same time, the general lack of knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Laws creates a situation that prevents reporters from drawing all necessary elements of analysis needed to adequately report about conflict or violent situations, an official statement of the organisers underlined.Citing the source of the International News Safety Institute, where it was reported that 167 journalists were killed in 2006 and altogether 1000 journalists and support staffs had to die on duties during the last 10 years around the globe, the statement also added that the Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) highlighted the year 2006 as one of the deadliest years for the profession in the recent past. Quoting the record of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the statement also revealed that 615 journalists had to pay their lives on the job between 1992 and March 2007."Apart from the lack of awareness, the other important reason to carry out the task of educating journalists is to ensure their safety during conflicts. There are numerous reports indicating the deterioration of safety of the media staff and increasing numbers of attacks on journalists and their teams in situations of violence. The past decade is illustrative of the growing lack of protection and government inaction towards the protection of journalists that exists in conflicts around the world," said Sangeetha Rajeesh, the editor of PII, an independent non-profit society founded in 1963.It may be mentioned that the ICRC had initiated to set up the South-Asian Centre for Journalists Reporting Conflict (SCJRC) at Chennai jointly with PII. The centre, brought up with an aim to ensure protection for the journalists surrounded by conflicts, is designed to contribute in training of journalists allowing them to identify war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide as well as the laws applicable to conflict situations. More over, it is supposed to enlighten the journalists to acquire the ability to identify and
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