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Pentagon guidelines on war coverage by journalists draw fire

CBS news journalists prepare their equipment, including helmets and flack jackets, in Baghdad on April 13, 2004The guidelines received little notice when they were published in June in the Defense Department’s new Law of War Manual, a compendium of legal advice for commanders and others in the US military establishment. The manual’s section on the treatment on journalists says that, in general, they are civilians who should be protected from attack. “Reporting on military operations can be very similar to collecting intelligence or even spying,” the manual says.

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