Especially so in Iraq, as PDN points out in this article, about the 2007 killing by a US helicopter crew of a Reuters journalist and his companions – 12-15 people died. The salient point is that they died because the soldiers mistook cameras and lenses for rifles and RPG launchers.
The army, of course, is in a difficult situation in Iraq. It concluded that “the soldiers had acted according to the rules of military engagement”. WikiLeaks disagrees: watch the entire video on http://www.collateralmurder.com/
And a note to Dave Honl: if you’re a journalist working in Iraq, be careful.