Jihadists have made a horrific video of the savage murder of a hostage – an American news reporter [Jihadists are Muslims fighting a violent ‘holy war’ against non-believers].
This was done for one reason and one reason only. It was to utterly shock all & sundry, and get the maximum worldwide publicity for their cause. It was certainly NOTHING to do with the death of one man was it?
It was first posted on the internet and there was little that could be done about that ‘initially’, but after the event such postings can be closed down can’t they?
So what did the World’s media people then do? Did they simply report the evil act, suppressing the maximum amount of graphic detail and so deny these sick people the oxygen of the widespread publicly they sought? NO of course not – to sell their wares, under the guise of genuine news reporting, they gave the killers exactly what they craved didn’t they? Television, radio, newspapers, and everything else, endlessly reported the crime, how it was carried out, in unnecessary nauseating detail – exactly what the perpetrators wanted & intended. Is that responsible journalism? How will that help the next poor sole caught up in such a situation?
It is a well established fact that giving-in to kidnappers, paying ransoms and the like, may save (but not always) a victim, BUT then simply encourages the deed and means it is well worthwhile for criminals to repeat the process.
The same principle applies to fuelling the fire by granting a massive publicity platform to these particular killers.
The media itself must carry responsibility for the man’s death AND that of the next INEVITABLE victim don’t you think?
[So what would have been ‘responsible’ reporting then?
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“A kidnapped journalist has been cruelly murdered and the killing video posted on the internet in an attempt to generate worldwide publicity, which this organisation wills not COLLABORATE in”].