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Copyright (c) 2002 The Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Inc.
Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law

NOTE: Remaking the Pen Mightier Than the Sword: An Evaluation of the Growing Need for the International Protection of Journalists

Spring, 2002

30 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 505

Author

Dylan Howard *

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I. Introduction



A. Saoman Conteh



On May 8, 2000, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saoman Conteh, a journalist working for the independent newspaper New Tablet, was covering a demonstration outside the residence of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) leader Foday Sankoh. 1 Sankoh's bodyguards fired on the crowd, hitting Conteh twice. 2 The injured journalist fell to the ground, where he was trampled by the stampede of people fleeing the gunfire. 3 Suffocated, his body was left on the street for twenty-four hours before he was taken to Connaught Hospital in Freetown, where doctors pronounced him dead. 4 A reporter for nearly 30 years, Conteh, 48, was survived by his wife and their three daughters. 5



B. Kurt Shork



A little over two weeks later, on May 24, 2000, Kurt Shork, a correspondent covering the war for Reuters, was traveling through Rogberi Junction, Sierra Leone with a group of other journalists and Sierra Leone army soldiers. 6 Members of the RUF opened fire on the caravan, killing Shork and Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora, a cameraman and producer working for the Associated Press. 7 Two other journalists were also injured in the attack. 8



C. Slavko Curuvija



On April 11, 1999, publisher Slavko Curuvija and his wife, Branka Prpa, were brutally attacked by two men dressed in leather jackets. 9 During what was apparently a professional assassination, the gunmen pistol-whipped Prpa and fired several bullets into Curuvija's back and head, killing the journalist. 10 The publisher had recently visited the United ...
 
 
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