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Presentation in the panel on The Challenges of War Reporting on April 30, 2009, sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International at George Washington University.

Presentation in the panel on The Challenges of War Reporting on April 30, 2009, sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International at George Washington University.

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    Covering Border Conflicts Covering Border Conflicts Presentation Transcript

    • Covering border conflicts
      • Reporters Without Borders -- Amnesty International at GWU
      • Washington DC, April 30, 2009 -- Jorge Luis Sierra
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    • Covering border conflicts
      • Armed conflicts
      • Urban environment
      • Weaponry
      • Military type of combat
    • Covering border conflicts
      • Armed conflicts
        • Among drug trafficking organizations (DTOs)‏
        • DTOs against governmental forces
    • Covering border conflicts
      • Urban environment
        • Clashes in densely populated areas
        • Command and control and operations at both sides of the border
    • Covering border conflicts
      • Weaponry
        • Automatic rifles
        • Rocket propelled grenades
        • Five-seven and Project 90 guns
        • Sniper rifles 50 mm
        • Hand grenades and mortars
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    • Covering border conflicts
      • Military type of combat
        • About 200,000 DTO members have military background and training
        • Psychological warfare
        • Checkpoints (military and criminal)‏
        • Military intelligence
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    • Challenges for reporters
      • Lack of training
      • Lack of networks of support
      • High level of impunity
      • No adequate legal systems
      • All sides trying to use them
    • Challenges for reporters
      • Few reliable sources
      • Environment of fear and corruption
      • Drug traffickers and government trying to control newspapers and media outlets
      • Photos: reforma.com and gao.gov
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