Today marks the fourth anniversary of the unlawful killing of ITN journalist Terry Lloyd, a once familiar face on British TV news.
Terry was killed by US troops in Iraq, who had opened fire on the makeshift ambulance in which he was being transported. While the coroner returned a verdict of unlawful killing, and the soldiers responsible have been named by ITV News, no action has been taken.
To place the event in context, the NUJ and it’s campaign partners believe that between 1990 and 2002 more than 270 journalists were killed in war zones, but in 2003, 2004 and 2005 that number increased to more than 100 each year, some times more than 150. In addition, journalists have been subjected to kidnappings, physical attacks and arbitrary detention. The BBC’s Alan Johnston is currently held somewhere on the Gaza Strip.
Those who report from war zones do an important job and the apparent targeting of the media compromises the ability of those us fortunate enough to live in a peaceful democracy to come to an informed opinion on our own country’s role.
Media organisations, unions and press freedom NGOs are campaigning to bring Terry Lloyd’s killers to justice and to make the wilful killing of journalists a separate crime under international law. Model letters are available to help you contact your MP, the Foreign Secretary (email: email@example.com) and the Attorney General’s Office (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).