Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Political unrest in many regions of the world presents dangers to journalists, and thereby threatens the free flow of information. UNESCO's proposal to license international correspondents in order to help insure their safe conduct has met with strong criticism from the American press. This commentary examines several human rights instruments and their limited enforceability and suggests that there may be other viable options, including treaties and internal codes of ethics, that would stem the trend of violence against reporters.