Analyze the media’s effect on terrorism

Analyze the media’s effect on terrorism. Speculate on the end result that each side (the media and the terrorist group) hopes to gain from the other. Further, assess the degree to which media coverage of a terrorist attack can affect the public and its perception of the terrorist group. Provide at least one example of such media usage that supports your response. Cite your sources and respond to at least one other student.

Analyze the media’s effect on terrorism

Media’s effect on terrorism
Analyze the media’s effect on terrorism. Speculate on the end result that each side (the media and the terrorist group) hopes to gain from the other. Also, assess the degree to which media coverage of a terrorist attack can affect the public and its perception of the terrorist group. Additionally, provide at least one example of such media usage that supports your response. Finally, cite your sources and respond to at least one other student.

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20 May 2005

Media and terrorism

Report

Committee on Culture, Science and Education

Rapporteur: Mr Josef Jařab, Czech Republic, Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

Summary

Modern terrorism is media terrorism. The media are attracted by extreme terrorist acts not only because it is their duty to report on any major event but also because the dramatic and spectacular aspect of terrorism fascinates the general public. Today’s terrorists exploit this and act in a way which will attract maximum attention around the world.

Terrorism should not affect the importance of freedom of expression and information in the media as one of the essential foundations of democratic society. This freedom carries with it the right of the public to be informed on matters of public concern, including terrorist acts and threats, as well as the response by the state and international organisations to them.

The fight against terrorism should not be used as an excuse by states to restrict the freedom of the press. As far as journalists are concerned, they should also avoid playing into the hands of the terrorists by restricting the dissemination of graphic photos and over-sensational information.