Friday, May 14, 2010(Toronto, May 14, 2010) Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is concerned by reports that three journalists have been injured while reporting in Bangkok, Thailand, including veteran Canadian journalist Nelson Rand. Rand works for French News Channel 24, and was reportedly shot three times in the leg, abdomen and wrist. He is described as being in 'serious condition' in the hospital. Two Thai journalists, a Voice TV news website cameraman and a Matichon newspaper photographer were also shot in the leg. The journalists were reporting on the clashes between anti-government protestors and the military which have escalated in violence again over the past few days. "So far this year, IFEX (the global network of free expression organizations managed by CJFE) has received reports of 37 journalists killed in the course of doing their work - that's two journalists dying every single week" said Annie Game, CJFE's Executive Director. "It's a constant reminder of exactly how dangerous this work is." CJFE hopes that the three journalists will all make a full recovery. Journalism in conflict situations is always dangerous work, and yet absolutely vital to the public interest. Journalists working in these situations generally take measures to protect themselves, but there are also protections under International Law. Any deliberate attack on a journalist that causes death or serious physical injury is a major breach of Article 79 of Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions and should be deemed a war crime. CJFE urges the Thai authorities and others engaged in this conflict to observe these protocols.
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