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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Discussion: Terrorism Encouraged and Counterterrorism Hindered by Media?

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:26 GMT

A discussion with all four panellists at the 7Dnews Counterterrorism and Media Challenges conference has brought to light the subject of the media's role in terrorism and counterterrorism.

“It’s no coincidence that Isis managed to attract the largest counterterrorism coalition ever assembled... a large part of it is because it used its media- especially its social media -stupidly,” said Dr Max Abrahms, PhD.

Jason Burke, a counterterrorism and media expert, journalist and correspondent, spoke of how he has never has been approached by an editor who questioned why something is trending digitally. He also said that terror is viewed differently on a local, global and individual level.

When looking at whether freedom of expression should be restricted, Stuart Macdonald questioned what  qualifies as protected speech. Roger McNally said, "Rhethoric can be enlightening as the truth or it could be dangerous."