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Reporting Terror: A Dangerous Game

Chatham House, London


Sir Simon Jenkins, Columnist, The Guardian; Editor, The Times (1990-92)

Jonathan Munro, Head of Newsgathering, BBC
Fatima Manji, News Correspondent, Channel 4 News
Amil Khan, Media Consultant; Advisor to Syrian Opposition Coalition (2013-14); Middle East Correspondent, Reuters (2003-06)
Sophie Desjardin, Head, French Service, Euronews
Dr Peter Busch, Senior Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London; Senior Broadcast Journalist, ZDF (2000-04)
Chair: Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC


A string of terrorist attacks in France and Germany dominated the news agenda in summer 2016.  Now, some journalists are asking if their approach needs to change. More than 30 years after Margaret Thatcher famously coined the phrase “the oxygen of publicity” when referring to media coverage of the IRA, the French newspaper Le Monde has pledged to stop publishing photographs of terrorists in an attempt to deny them “posthumous glorification”. So should media outlets in the UK and Europe change the way in which they cover terrorism?

In this event, the BBC’s security correspondent, Gordon Corera, and an expert panel of journalists and editors from the UK, France and Germany will discuss the different considerations they have both when reporting live on mass casualty attacks, and on reporting the aftermath. Should the media treat terrorist killings differently to other types of murder? And what’s the balance to be struck between reporting terrorism whilst suppressing terrorist propaganda?

This discussion and Q&A session will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Wednesday 28 September.

We ask all guests to be seated in the auditorium by 18:15.

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