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  • 1. Portrayal of terrorism in news channels
  • 2. Index  Introduction – relation between terrorism and news media  Media portrayal of terrorism  Strategies used by the journalists during the coverage of war and terrorism  How Muslim Americans affected by news coverage on terrorism after 9/11  Media aiding terrorists?  Affects on common people due to the coverage of terrorism on news channels
  • 3. “The success of a terrorist operation depends almost entirely on the amount of publicity it receives.”—Walter Laqueur INTRODUCTION Relationship between media and terrorism Why terrorist uses media ?  Terrorist target the media  Terrorist attract media attention as a means to spread terror  Terrorist are interested in publicity  Terrorist Using open recourses (Internet - Al – Qaida, Osama Bin Laden)  Terrorist want authority  Terrorist want to spread fear and anxiety (psychological effect) Why media broadcast terrorism ?  Media broadcasts mostly terrorism related news ( TRP)
  • 4. Media portrayal of terrorism  Media, a powerful means that spread information very quickly to a large audience.  After the 9/11 attacks the media portrayal of terrorism increased.  Media coverage of post 9/11 attacks, influenced Americans and other nations negatively against the Islamic nations. ( Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Iran etc)  Media connects these nations with barbarism and violence
  • 5. Strategies used by the journalists during the coverage of war and terrorism  During coverage of terrorism, channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS and fox, reported for their target audience.  News providers can slant the news to attract viewers with certain preferences.  These days the crime stories or the terrorist activities are fully filmed and showcased. ( animated or with actors playing the characters)  Due to increase in competition between the news channels, the media is more concerned about providing the top headlines rather than providing the truth.
  • 6. How Muslim Americans affected by news coverage on terrorism after 9/11  After 9/11 attacks, media started to showcase Arabs & Muslims      as terrorists. All the American Muslims were looked down upon in America. Special security check. Shahrukh Khan when visited America, he was stopped by the custom officials at the airport After 9/11, many innocent Muslims & Indians (Sikhs) were assassinated in America. The continuous portrayal of Muslims as terrorists on news channels, led Muslims to perceive media as an enemy and conspirator against them.
  • 7. Media aiding terrorists?  Aiding the terrorist groups to spread terror by showing disturbing visuals.  Instead of talking more about the actions taken by the nation’s governing body, they telecast more of violence caused by the attacks.  The 26/ 11 attacks in Mumbai, at hotel Taj. Showed visuals that indirectly helped the terrorists to alert themselves from the Indian military attack.
  • 8. Affects on common people due to the coverage of terrorism on news channels  Impacts on common man psychologically.  Terrorists targets people and nations in order to create fear in the minds of people.  Citizens have accepted that terrorists attacks are common and they are likely to become a victim of it.  Affects the economy – slows down.  Affects the tourism growth of that nation.
  • 9. By Srijita Das 2013MEM146