ERIC Number: ED194901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Terrorism in Britain: On the Limits of Free Expression.
Jaehnig, Walter B.
The recent rise in political terrorism has brought to light the conflict between the government's duty to maintain order and the subsequent suspension of the news media's right to report the terrorists' activities to the public. Terrorists recognize that the surest guarantee of publicity for their cause lies in a shocking appeal to traditional news values. Journalists maintain that the public can react to the terrorist threat only if they are fully informed about the terrorists' activities. In Great Britain, following the increase in Ulster-related bombings, emphasis has been placed upon developing greater cooperation and collaboration between police and the news industry to facilitate a campaign against terrorism. An aggreement between the two provides for a voluntary reporting blackout in kidnapping or hostage cases, in exchange for daily briefings and full disclosure of the details by the police once the victims are recovered. A similar agreement stands between New Scotland Yard and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Since such a program requires mutual trust and cooperation from both sides, these agreements have been successful only up to a point. Regardless, the British experience seems to trace the limits of free expression in a society burdened with a long campaign against terrorism. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain; Media Role; Terrorism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).