RSF welcomes US Department of Defense revisions to Law of War Manual

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the updated Law of War Manual released today by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). When the manual was originally published in June 2015, RSF called for revisions to the manual’s provisions on journalists. After consultations with RSF, other media defense organizations and journalists, the manual now better reflects the status and role of journalists under the law of war. June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflicts Organisation Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says July 21, 2016 – Updated on July 22, 2016 RSF welcomes US Department of Defense revisions to Law of War Manual News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information After the manual was published last June, RSF’s Secretary-General Christophe Deloire wrote to US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to call for revision of the sections regarding journalists. RSF was concerned with several provisions, including one that likened war reporting to spying and another suggesting that “States may need to censor journalists’ work or take other security measures so that journalists do not reveal sensitive information to the enemy.” Another provision was problematic because it claimed that in certain cases the relaying of information could constitute taking a direct part in hostilities, thereby forfeiting journalists’ status as civilians under the law of war. “We welcome today’s revisions to the Law of War Manual and thank the DOD for addressing RSF’s concerns,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s US Director. “We hope that this update will help to improve the safety of journalists covering conflict, a profession that becomes increasingly dangerous every day.” RSF is pleased to learn that the provisions referring to spying and censorship have now been removed. The revised version clarifies the international legal principle that journalists are protected as civilians under the law of war, referencing the United Nations Security Council resolution 2222 on the safety of journalists. The new manual also emphasizes that “journalists play a vital role in free societies and the rule of law and in providing information about armed conflict.” Furthermore, the new version refers to RSF’s 2015 Safety Guide for Journalists : A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments in a section regarding journalists’ need to distinguish themselves from armed forces in order to minimize the risk of mistakenly being targeted for attack. DOD General Counsel Jennifer O’Conner said in a statement that “the department’s mission is to defend the very freedoms that journalists exercise. We have learned a lot during this process, and the department and the manual are better off for the experience.” The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Image credit SAUL LOEB / AFP to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflicts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en last_img read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan affect Week 10 QB rankings

first_imgWEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWill Patrick Mahomes play Week 10?Mahomes got some reps in pregame Sunday, and despite reports that he could play through Saturday, he was ruled inactive and Matt Moore started again for Kansas City. Considering how close Mahomes reportedly came to playing, it seems likely he will suit up in Week 10. He also jumped all over Harrison Butker after the game-winning field goal, so his knee obviously feels decent – the biggest conceptual risk would be a re-dislocation.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | FD cash | FD GPPIf Mahomes plays, he’s obviously starting for your fantasy team. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce should be fantasy starters regardless. Sammy Watkins probably gets the biggest boost if Mahomes is back, going from a borderline play to a pretty much must-start with his high-end QB.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOS Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan both look likely to return to bolster the Week 10 fantasy QB rankings. Ryan missed Week 8 and then had a Week 9 bye, while Mahomes looks to be at the front end of his timetable for returning from his dislocated knee. Each boosts the WR2 on their team, Sammy Watkins for Mahomes and Calvin Ridley for Ryan, into much stronger starting territory in your fantasy WR spots, perhaps making start ’em, sit ’em decisions a little easier this week.For injury updates on banged-up WRs Adam Thielen and DeSean Jackson, click here; for the latest on injured pass-catchers A.J. Green, Brandin Cooks, and O.J. Howard, click here; for news on injured RBs Alvin Kamara, David Johnson, and James Conner, go here. Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. Matt Ryan injury updateLast week, Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters that he expects Ryan to be ready to play in Week 10 following Atlanta’s Week 9 bye. Ryan missed Week 8 due to his ankle injury, and Matt Schaub threw for a ton of yards in his place.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWhile it’s not always pretty, it seems like the Atlanta offense can throw for a lot of yards no matter the Matt under center. Ryan’s return boosts Calvin Ridley into more firm starter territory against the Saints in Week 10, and you were already starting Julio Jones and Austin Hooper.last_img read more