What Rights Do Journalists Have?

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In the US, the number of journalists arrested during social unrest has increased. So what legal protections do members of the press have?

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Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949
https://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/ART/470-750102?OpenDocument
“Journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians within the meaning of Article 50, paragraph 1.”

Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
https://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl.nsf/7c4d08d9b287a42141256739003e636b/6fef854a3517b75ac125641e004a9e68
“The undersigned Plenipotentiaries of the Governments represented at the Diplomatic Conference held at Geneva from April 21 to August 12, 1949, for the purpose of revising the Convention concluded at Geneva on July 27, 1929, relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, have agreed as follows:”

University of Missouri Professor Who Confronted Photographer Quits Journalism Post
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/us/university-of-missouri-names-law-professor-to-diversity-post.html?_r=1
“After a University of Missouri professor was seen on video calling for ‘some muscle’ to remove a journalist from a public demonstration, the professor cut her ties to the university’s journalism school on Tuesday as protest organizers – and the professor herself – joined college officials in stating that journalists had a right to be present.”

6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/us/ferguson-journalists-arrested/
“Six journalists were taken into custody while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday and early Tuesday, aggravating what one press freedom group has called a ‘concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.'”

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