"This is a valuable sourcebook on the safety of journalists in dangerous locations around the globe. . . . The authors correctly observe that cooperation among journalism advocacy groups is critical to such efforts. Summing Up: Recommended."
"With journalists under fire and under attack around the globe, with blurred definitions of who really is a journalist in our new media world of iPhones, flipcams, and tweets, Joanne Lisosky and Jennifer Henrichsen have written a well-timed and sorely needed book about what protections are in place and what new measures should be considered to better protect those who risk all to provide ground truth."
"War on Words is a compelling history of war reporting, from a help-wanted ad by a British newspaper looking for a French-speaking gentleman to cover the French Revolution in 1792 to the conflicts of today, in which journalists are often seen as targets. The book also raises important questions about the future of war coverage, and what will happen in this age of fast-moving technology, increasingly tight budgets and asymmetric warfare. It documents the complex relationship between the military and journalists over the years, problems with censorship and the differences for women and men who cover war. But at its heart, War on Words is really a love letter to journalists who risk their lives to cover conflict, to the people who ask themselves on a daily basis a question most people never consider: 'Would you be willing to die for your job?'
“War on Words provides a sobering reality check on the threat of the sword to the pen and asks who should be responsible for the safety of journalists in the battlefield. The authors also examine, critique and recommend a host of alternatives to safeguard journalists in an age in which journalists have become clear targets. War on Words is a must read for any journalist or prospective journalist planning to cover conflict."
"In the new battlegrounds of global corruption, repression and cultural violence, democracy–and journalism–are targeted. How in the world do we protect journalists and train them to tell larger truths and cover violent conflict without contributing to it? A must-read for every would-be reporter and democracy-seeking citizen."
"In the last fifteen years, there has been a dramatic shift in the status of journalists and newsgatherers across all platforms–especially in areas of conflict and repression. They are increasingly targeted, threatened, and attacked or murdered with impunity not only by governments, but also by paramilitary or rebel forces and criminal cartels. War on Words is a valuable and thoroughly researched work, which highlights the need to protect those who, while telling us what we need to know, can find themselves in the line of fire. It faces us with the major issues of protection, impunity – and responsibility."
"Working as a journalist in a transition country like Azerbaijan is beyond challenging and nearly impossible to describe. So, it was with absolute skepticism that I began to read, War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?. Once I began reading it, however, I was immediately hooked and devoured the entire book in one weekend. The writers neither exaggerate nor underestimate things. War on Words presents the real words of everyday journalists coping through conflict, harassment and intimidation."