The Pentagon recently published a new set of rules for its personnel on how to deal with the media, including guidance on how to treat reporters who cover wars.

What they're proposing will mean fundamental changes in the way that the media cover conflicts. It'll mean putting the media in real danger.

Kim Sengupta, The Independent newspaper

The Law of War manual states that journalists should seek permission from authorities in war zones or risk being labelled "unprivileged belligerents" - akin to spies or saboteurs - should they raise suspicion in the field.

The wording of the manual has led many media organisations to call for the rules to be revised, saying that journalists could be labelled as terrorists and attacked or killed.

They also warn that accurate reporting could be hindered.

However, the US Department of Defense says the manual has been "misunderstood by the press."

Discussing the Pentagon's new rules for media engagement are: Vanessa Gezari from Columbia University; Major General, Charles J. Dunlap, the former Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force; Micheal Oreskas, the head of news at National Public Radio; and defence correspondent at The Independent newspaper, Kim Sengupta.

Source: Al Jazeera