"Protecting the Messenger" a free event about journalists in war zones will be held next week in Melbourne, put on jointly by RMIT and the Australian Red Crosss.
Over the past decade, more than 1000 journalists and news support staff have been killed, many while covering war and conflict. Why do journalists go to war zones? What dangers do they face in their work? What protections are afforded to them by the Geneva Conventions, the rules of war?
Please join us for a special panel discussion featuring:
Dr Fay Anderson, who teaches on Australian war journalism at the University of Melbourne
Brett McLeod, a news reporter who has travelled to Iraq, Israel-Lebanon during the 2006 conflict and Thailand during the ‘Red Shirt’ protests
Bev Patterson, Australian Red Cross, National Resources Co-ordinator, International Humanitarian Law
Venue: Kaleide Theatre, RMIT City Campus, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne(down the stairs near the Commonwealth Bank)
Date: Tuesday 10 August 2010; at 6:30 for a 6:45pm start
RSVP: To Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6 August 2010