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Reuters chief tells journalists to reassess war zone risks

After 12 Reuters journalists were killed in the last 10 years, he said Reuters is issuing safety pol

David Schlesinger, the Reuters editor-in-chief, said journalists should reassess the risks they take in a war zone.

Speaking at the International News & Safety Institute "Live and Tell" debate in Athens, Schlesinger asked whether journalists could justify the risks of being right in the midst of a war in this age of increasingly sophisticated war technology.

Referring to the deaths of the two Reuters journalists, Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, during the 2007 Iraq war, he said the reality of their deaths were unknown until a leaked Wikileaks video report came to light.

The video showed how a group of people died after being fired from two Apache helicopters.

Though Schlesinger agreed that soldiers who fired from the helicopters had no idea that the group could include journalists, he said it the responsibility of the journalists to take enough care and not be in and around war zones.

After 12 Reuters journalists were killed in the last 10 years, he said Reuters is issuing safety policies for war zone reporters.