President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt delivers a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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The president and CEO of The Associated Press called Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups. Last year was a particularly deadly year for the AP -- four of the news cooperative's journalists were killed on assignment.Pruitt said existing international laws should be updated to protect journalists.Journalists deserve such protection as the nature of war changes, Pruitt said.The AP and other news organizations have also taken steps to protect freelancers, who often don't have the training and support offered to staff journalists.
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