The Media is a Powerful Actor in Terrorism Essay

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INTRODUCTION

The media is a powerful actor in terrorism. How important the media is during terrorist incidents is a matter of constant argument (Atwater, 1987; Jenkins, 2003). The understanding of the connections between terrorism and the media must found through broader analysis of; the power of the media ( Shaw and McCombs, 1972), especially in trouble situations ( Arno, 1984); the way journalists, editors, authorities, and terrorists relate to each other; empirically analyzing the media; and the link between terrorism and public opinion .Since the early 1970s, researchers have examined the role of the news media in connection with terrorism and have found out how the media interact with terrorist.

TERRORIST AND THE USE
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The most significant is the 9/11 terrorist attacks that seen to have been timed so that the media would capture and show the second plane hitting the World Trade Center towers.
Terrorist organizations or groups are 'owning’ the media and taking over it. Some terrorist groups own broadcast outlets. This is why, in the wake of 9/11, there was increase in security at television stations in the American cities. The government and the communication organization companies executives recognized that terrorists can take these radio or television outlets.

Through resources and few threats to security permit, terrorist organizations have started their own media stations (Weinberg and Davis, 1989). Moreover, some established media outlets act as terrorist sympathizers by appearing overly accommodating to some terrorist groups .During the aftermath of 9/11 ,AlJazeera contain broadcast videotapes of Osama bin Laden giving a warning the West of impending terrorist attacks. Also after the Westgate bombing in Kenya , the Alshabaab of Somalia claimed responsibility and warned the Kenyan government of another attack if they do not withdraw their army from Somalia through the media. Through the advancement of technology terrorist groups now have their own websites, which are cost effective and portable (Weimann, 2004).

DEMERITS OF MEDIA COVERAGE ON TERRORISM
Self-censorship media personalities sometimes are

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