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In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies
By Frank Smyth, July 31, 2015, Committee to Protect Journalists

The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of WarManual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents state, may be treated as “unprivileged belligerents.”

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This Is Why the NRA Endures
By Frank Smyth, September 18, 2013, The Progressive

Earlier this year, long before this week’s latest tragic shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, one expert after another predicted the gun lobby’s demise. The horrific massacre of mostly first-grade children in Newtown, Connecticut, seemed to have changed the nation’s views of guns. President Obama and Congressional leaders promised action in Washington. Governors in

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Do news blackouts help journalists held captive?
By Frank Smyth, February 26, 2013, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

At any given time over the past two years, as wars raged in Libya and then Syria, and as other conflicts ground on in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, a number of journalists have been held captive…

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What the Judiciary Committee Should Ask Wayne LaPierre
By Frank Smyth, January 29, 2013, The Progressive

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence featuring testimony from the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, as well as Mark Kelly, the husband of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, who was shot in the head while holding a public meeting in her district two years ago.

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Guatemala’s Cycles of Crime
By Frank Smyth, January 13, 2012, World Policy Journal

For Guatemala and its majority Mayan population time is repeating itself. A former military commander and intelligence chief with a bloody past promises to bring law and order to the Central American nation. Worried about rising crime and the increasingly violent penetration by Mexican drug cartels, voters elected Otto Pérez Molina…

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Journalist security: An evolving field
By Frank Smyth, April 7, 2011, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The garden city between the mountains and the sea founded by Vikings in 871 cast an historic hue over the discussion. Journalists from nearly every continent gathered this past weekend to discuss journalist security issues in a hotel in Tønsberg, Norway, outside of which a replica of a Viking ship was being constructed.

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Murdering with Impunity: The Rise in Terror Tactics Against News Reporters
By Frank Smyth, November 14, 2010, Harvard International Review

More journalists were killed last year than ever before. No doubt the world has become a more dangerous…

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