According to the Geneva Convention, when can a Prisoner Of War give an interview on camera?

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The Politicus
Mar 07, 2022 06:35 PM 0 Answers
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There's been some debate online about footage of POWs talking to the camera to say more than name, rank, and serial number, but has there been any serious academic writing on the limits of the "public curiosity" part in Geneva Convention III in a modern era? For instance if a POW insists on giving an interview, can they be considered to have given consent, or is that not something they can legally do while still imprisoned since it's impossible for outside observers to determine how genuine the consent is? Like when Jeremiah Denton was blinking out "TORTURE" in morse code, obviously his being tortured and forced in front of the camera was a violation, but was the simple act of him being on television at all also a Geneva violation?

Some further things I've seen people bring up:

  • Does it matter if it's state TV or independent media?
  • I've seen people saying that you can't violate the Geneva Conventions if you're not a nation since private citizens and corporations, but if that's true then why do so many non-nations have to worry about accidentally using Red Cross symbolism?
  • If taking the footage itself is a violation, what about sharing it or rebroadcasting it?

Obviously encouraging captives to say nice things about you on TV maybe aren't as important as, like, bombing hospitals, and the Geneva Conventions seem to technically get violated kind of a lot, but it still seems important to determine

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