Nightly News   |  July 19, 2013

Richard Engel on the need to protect journalists covering conflicts

NBC’s chief foreign correspondent was one of four journalists invited to address the UN Security Council. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel was one of four journalists invited to address the u.n. security council this week. 600 journalists have been killed in the last decade covering conflicts. 41 in syria alone just last year. and while richard was there to press for protections for those trying to tell the story of the conflicts around the world, he conceded it's sometimes tough to define a journalist because of the explosion in media and outlets and voices.

>> protecting journalists these days is hard. perhaps harder than ever because you have to tackle the basic question of who is a journalist and who san activist in a way that has never existed before.

>> you may recall richard and his team were captured by pro assad forces in syria back in december. and held five days before their release.