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What to do Terrorism and the Media Imagine you are a resident of Jerusalem in the year 60 AD You are taking a walk throughout the marketplace doing your weekly shopping You see a man pull out a dagger and he yells death to all Romans and attacks a roman guard killing him in front of hundreds of spectators The assassin quietly slips into the crowd and is lost in a sea of people never to be found The word of the attack spreads and soon it is the talk of the town Many more attacks on Romans are made by the Sicarii and the Zealots Sympathizers of the Romans slowly disappear and their voices vanish from Jerusalem The fear of terrorism grows and Roman repression grows along with it this in turn leads to the people of Jerusalem to revolt in 70 AD Miller V If this attack had been made in some dark alley with no spectators would the people react the way they did The marketplace of old Jerusalem can be compared to the media of today What better place to get the public informed about your reasons and purpose for attacks than the news Albert gave a good definition of terrorists objectives when he stated Terrorists try to exercise influence over targeted officials on nations through intimidation of the public and arousal of sympathy for the social and political causes they espouse Without widespread publicity terrorist acts can achieve neither of these effects Bandura Albert qtd In Nacos 1 Terrorists need the news media to get the publicity and the media is a willing accomplice The news media is an accessory to terrorism and as such they should develop a set of standards that will limit the terrorist ability to get their message out to a large audience during terrorist situations Also the media should also point out police mistakes without over emphasizing them giving equal coverage to
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