Reporters Without Borders say attacks are war crimes

The global group Reporters Without Borders is proposing that attacks on journalists be considered war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

Security forces work at the site where a car bomb went off outside the building housing Swedish and Finnish consulates on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, badly damaging the building, but leaving no casualties. Benghazi has been hit by a wave of attacks against government offices and targeted killings in recent months as security agencies struggle to secure Libya since the 2011 civil war. Weapons have proliferated and a number of militias have vied for authority, operating with impunity.(AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) The global group Reporters Without Borders is proposing that attacks on journalists be considered war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The U.N. Security Council held informal talks Friday on the protection of journalists amid alarm at the more than 50 killed so far this year.

An estimated 90 percent of those deaths go unpunished.

France, which holds the presidency of the council this month, is especially concerned after the killings of two Radio France Internationale journalists last month in northern Mali.

The director of Reporters Without Borders calls the statistics on killings "sinister" and says impunity amounts to "encouragement" for more attacks.

The British ambassador to the U.N., Mark Lyall Grant, says "This is not just an issue for media, it's an issue for all of us."


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