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Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Relationship Between the Media and Terrorists

Ekrem Ersen Emeksiz, City University of New York, John Jay College, has published The Media of Terrorism. Here is the abstract.

This study is an attempt to understand the questions on interconnections between media and terrorism. Firstly it is analyzed, how the term ‘terrorism’ is presented and understood by various scholars. Secondly, It is interesting to look at the relations between the media and terrorists from two points of view: how the media using terrorists, and vice versa. It is also important to observe how the media in this case affects public and government perception on terrorism. Obviously terrorists try to be present in the media for as longer as possible; their main aim is to become well known to the public. Attempting to influence the media, they influence the audience by spreading the word on the existence of their organization. When the terrorists get the audience’s attention, people become aware of their existence and methods they might use to reach their group or concrete target. It is also important to remember that gaining their attention they are doing their propaganda by proxy. In the final analysis , It is important to remember that it is not only the media, which wants high viewer ratings, but terrorists desire that as well. As the result of such ordinary, at the first sight, media coverage, the media itself subconsciously, unwillingly and indirectly assist terrorists in achieving their main goals and aims.


Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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