Posted by: kklist | February 4, 2015

Social Media Images of Terrorism

Good Morning, Ethics,

A Jordanian pilot has been burned alive in a cage by ISIS, and media outlets have had to decide whether to make the video public. This Mashable piece reports that many media organization did not show the video or stills from the video.

An excerpt:

“This is terrorism in the social media age: The horror is sped up, the images more barbaric as the militants try to capture the world’s ever fleeting attention.”

Fox News did show an image of the pilot in flames.

I’ve already said in class that I think we as journalists should push the envelope in terms of publishing graphic images that tell the story, especially stories with political implications. But where do we draw the line? And how? We’ll discuss this in class on Thursday.




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