The Art of Foreign Policy: Reporting on Terrorism
Lawmakers in New Zealand are reportedly working to revise that country’s gun laws, following this month’s mass shootings at two mosques that killed at least fifty people and wounded others. It’s a story that has resulted in a worldwide conversation about white nationalism, gun violence, and how we talk about terrorism.
Lake Effect foreign policy contributor Art Cyr says there are many challenges for media people who cover terrorist acts. They must balance their responsibility to report on these events accurately, while avoiding coverage that could spur more attacks.
Cyr says, "Maintaining professional standards in the face of pervasive drives in search of profits, but maintaining journalistic standards, avoiding what we used to call 'sensationalism' is still in order."