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Book Review: Joanne M Lisosky and Jennifer R Henrichsen War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?

Book Review: Joanne M Lisosky and Jennifer R Henrichsen War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?

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JOUspjouJournalism1464-88491741-3001SAGE PublicationsSage UK: London, England10.1177/146488491143488710.1177_1464884911434887Book ReviewBook Review: Joanne M Lisosky and Jennifer R Henrichsen War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?HorsleyWilliamCentre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield, UK52012134539540LisoskyJoanne MHenrichsenJennifer RWar on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. pp. ISBN 9780313385575© The Author(s) 20112011SAGE PublicationsIn War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists? Joanne Lisosky and Jennifer Henrichsen argue that journalism is vital to democracy, that in many countries journalists have routinely become targets for deliberate attacks, harassment and intimidation, and the current patchwork of national and international safeguards supposed to give protection to journalists should be comprehensively strengthened and enforced through much greater efforts on the part of all concerned – states, inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and journalists themselves.Those who believe realpolitik determines international relations will contest that anything much can be done. Others will be sceptical of the proposition that the role of journalists is vital to democracy and therefore they deserve special protection. But Lisosky and Henrichsen do an important service to journalism studies by addressing the topic empirically and demonstrating the salience of an issue on which the international community has been slow to face up to its responsibilities.The authors review
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