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Stop coverage of terrorist activities Stop coverage of terrorist activities
by Abdulhadi Hairan
2008-02-12 09:50:09
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All of us are aware of the importance of media in prevailing political and geographical situation and know also about the day-to-day events of terror across the world.

By nature, human being inspires from the events taking place around him and if these events are linked to his or her religious thoughts and ideas then the effects of such events would be more deep and effectual.

So, there is no doubt in the fact that the media is giving more importance to incidents of terrorism and extremism taking place in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the rest of the world.

In last few years, major incidents of terror took place in which thousands of people had been killed or wounded but no let up is going to take place in the terrorist activities. Major reason behind the no let up in terror activities in the region is widespread coverage of terrorists and their activities.

It is indeed a matter of great concern that underage boys often used in carrying out suicide attacks. When they watch or hear militants on TV screen being interviewed by electronic and print media, the youth get inspiration from their activities. In addition, inflammatory statements of extremist clerics further fuel their intentions to take part in terrorism thinking it a job of heroic.

Nowadays, every channel and newspapers are flooded with the news regarding suicide attacks and bomb blasts across the country while the most harmful thing is coverage of such incidents by international and local media, which posing a serious threat to overall economic and political situation of the countries affected by terrorism and extremism, which can be described as under:

1) The excessive coverage of terror acts encourages terrorists and they get attention.
2) Fanatic elements and low age youth get inspiration from these happenings.
3) Common people feel insecurity and remain in constant fear.
4) Threat of more terror activities would increase.

The more excessive the media give coverage to the terrorists and their activities, the more they will become famous and active.

If the media gives coverage to healthy activities and other key political issues concerning scientists, intellectuals, players, artists, inventions, reconstruction, education and other positive things, it would be in larger interests of every one as it would divert the attention of our youth from terrorism to constructive activities. This will help in creating a healthy society.

For example, there are NATO, Coalition Forces and armies of Afghanistan and Pakistan who are fighting against terrorism for nearly seven years in Afghanistan and Iraq, but the Taliban and Al-Qaeda got more strength and terrorism was growing every passing day. It is because the media is giving extraordinary coverage to their activities and thus help them to be popular and reorganized. This is a negative aspect of the media coverage.

On the contrary, when the dictator Gen. Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chohadry, lawyers launched a historical movement until the Supreme Court reinstated the CJ. Lawyers won this war by their firm stand and excessive media coverage. This was a war between democracy and dictatorship and democracy won it. This is a positive aspect of the media coverage.

So it proved that if media give coverage to healthy activities, it will create a healthy society, and, if the media will give coverage to terrorist activities, it will help the terrorists to grow their activities and it will bring the society nothing but more terrorism, extremism, violence, fear, uncertainty and insecurity.

I think media persons are a responsible community of this society who should immediately recognize this fact and stop coverage of terrorist and extremist activities.

Ignore them only one year, I assure you, the 90 percent of them will die.

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Akli Hadid2008-02-12 10:21:29
True, but if the opposite were done, people would have said that the media is on the terrorists' side. The biggest victims of this extensive coverage are also the biggest victims of terrorism: they are citizens of countries where they have a good chance of getting killed on their way to buying bread and a good chance to be mistaken as terrorists by the western world that will deny them visas. A situation many are not comfortable with, and that the media has failed to portray. This dilemma attracts even innocent civilians to embrace terrorism

Thanos2008-02-12 11:36:58
This issue has been an argument since early 70s and especially after the publicity PLO and IRA actions took. The line most of news agencies kept since then and they do keep even now is that you can not avoid reporting what happened but you can stop of reporting the terrorists’’ announcements. On the contrary reporting and personalizing the victims, giving names and pictures to the innocent might ‘hit’ some humanitarian side of the future terrorist or might make some of them confess. The British anti-terrorist police used this method successfully in the past and now.

Emanuel Paparella2008-02-12 17:12:16

A thorny issue indeed having to do with the concept of truth and its interpretation. Does a journalist have the right to interpret the truth and not just report it? Is he allowed to be selective in his reporting of the facts or should he report all the facts? Is the neutrality of journalists like the neutrality of science, a chimera? Isn’t reporting by its very nature selective in any case? Is there such a thing as a 100% unbiased reporting? Who determines what is unbiased reporting? At what point does interpretation by a journalist become mere propaganda? Should a journalist intervene and reveal secrets of things and events about to happen (and to which he is pledged) which could save innocent lives? Reams of ink have been dedicated to these moral dilemmas but they continue dogging the more sensitive and responsible journalists. Ethics or moral philosophy can be quite helpful in theory, but in practice the field remains full of mines. At issue is the very concept of truth, its absoluteness and/or relativism, which has created difficulties for philosophers from the very beginning of moral philosophy and ethics. Kant’s universal moral imperative as expressed in his Metaphysical Foundations of Morals remains valid in any case: whatever you do, treat humanity in yourself and in others as an end, but never as a means. That apparently simple moral imperative, if duly understood and respected, would go a long way in solving most moral dilemmas.

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