Accession Number:

ADA238144

Title:

The Media's Role in Combatting Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The medias coverage of terrorist events has been, for some time, the source of a great deal of discussion, controversy and debate. What the medias proper role should be surfaces after each and every terrorist incident as if it were a new phenomenon. The issues are continually written about, discussed and debated but never solved. Technology, with its capability for on the scene instantaneous coverage, has only served to heighten this controversy. This study project reviews the issues surrounding the medias profit motives, first amendment rights, the publics right to know and the authorities counterterrorist organizations requirement for secrecy. It also briefly reviews the hostages families right to privacy throughout the terrorist incident. Finally this study makes several recommendations which could help to bring this aging problem to closure.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE