ERIC Number: ED161070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Journalists and Terrorism: Captives of the Libertarian Tradition.
Jaehnig, Walter B.
Because modern terrorism threatens democratic values such as personal liberty, free expression, and the limitation of institutional authority, it raises ethical problems for journalists who are drawn into a symbiotic relationship with those who threaten or use violence against a community. Recent terrorist incidents in the United States involving the Hanafi Muslims in Washington, D.C., Anthony Kiritsis in Indianapolis, and Corey Moore in Cleveland have caused a public reconsideration of the role and purpose of journalism in issues that threaten a free society. The responses from the news industry on this issue are libertarian in nature, upholding classical concepts such as free market of ideas, individualism, the self-righting nature of truth, and antigovernmental sentiment. Such a notion of objective journalism exempts the journalists from any moral or ethical response to the issue of terrorism. This lack of concern with values promotes a moral neutrality that evades the issue and determines the journalists' coverage of terrorism according to the economic and organizational imperative of the new media. (Author/MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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