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Debate - Don’t give them what they want: Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity

Post by Guest on Thu May 11, 2017 8:32 pm



Why do they do it? Again and again, after every attack, our media react by giving the terrorists exactly what they want – maximum publicity. Of course, the public should be told that an atrocity has taken place. But each attack dominates the news for days at a stretch. The TV networks go into overdrive, flying out their journalists to the scene of the attack and saturating their airtime. All this plays into the hands of terrorist organisations, allowing their killers to be glorified in the eyes of their supporters. In addition, the wall-to-wall news coverage creates a climate of fear and fuels the more authoritarian and xenophobic strands of our politics. President Trump’s recent actions – banning refugees and appearing to reference fictional terrorist attacks in Sweden – might be seen as an inevitable consequence of this hysteria. We should get things into proportion. After all, you’re more likely to fatally slip in the shower than be killed in a terrorist attack.

This is the line that was taken by former Times editor and Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins. He was joined by Fawaz Gerges, a prominent expert on ISIS and al-Qaeda who has extensively researched the historical roots of jihadi extremism on the ground in the Middle East. Gerges explained how the West has played into the narrative of terrorists by portraying them as an existential danger, rather than as mere common criminals.

But for national security commentator Douglas Murray, the only way to defeat terrorism is to tackle it head on, speaking plainly about the true scale of the threat. The recent wave of attacks by ISIS was just the beginning, he argued. Over a thousand foreign fighters have recently returned from Syria to Europe, and are highly likely to pose a risk to our security. It’s vital that our media and authorities keep the public fully aware about the terrorist threat and encourage everyone to be vigilant. Honest reporting is absolutely crucial, especially when society itself is under attack. As for ISIS, how they are portrayed in the mainstream media is a matter of indifference to them – their publicity strategy is all about broadcasting their attacks on social media to an audience of millions, not headlines in the press.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKTyWXVvp_0


Very interesting debate.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu May 11, 2017 8:41 pm

I kind of agree. If nobody took any notice of terrorist incidents, would they bother?

Whenever there's a big terrorist incident in the west, the papers are full of it for days or weeks. They have anniversaries to commemorate the dead and injured, so the publicity goes on and on.

On the other hand, people want to know exactly what happened, and if anyone has been held to account.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 11, 2017 8:44 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:I kind of agree. If nobody took any notice of terrorist incidents, would they bother?

Whenever there's a big terrorist incident in the west, the papers are full of it for days or weeks. They have anniversaries to commemorate the dead and injured, so the publicity goes on and on.

On the other hand, people want to know exactly what happened, and if anyone has been held to account.


You should watch the debate Rags, its very interesting from both points of view.

As pointed out, imagine how people would react if they saw vivid graphic pictures of the victims of such attacks in the west?

We would become even more hardened against extremism

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Thu May 11, 2017 9:25 pm

not pussy footing around terrorism might be a better solution. destroy it everywhere it pops up before it can take root. Remove those who try to justify it, remove those who support it, and remove those who fund it.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Thu May 11, 2017 9:50 pm

No to any form of 'hushing up' by the media!

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Post by Lord Foul on Thu May 11, 2017 10:02 pm

starving them of oxygen full stop would seem to be a fair good idea....preferably at the end of a rope.....and include the appologists too....

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Thu May 11, 2017 10:19 pm

Lord Foul wrote:starving them of oxygen full stop would seem to be a fair good idea....preferably at the end of a rope.....and include the appologists too....
sounds like a good start

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