Chronicles

Extreme Journalism

to Publish or not to publish? that is the question

On Tuesday, the latest barbaric execution of a Jordan pilot burnt alive in a cage by Islamic State militants arose amongst media organizations around the world the crucial question of showing only still images of the brutal fact, its edited footage or an unimaged news report with or without the detailed description of the actual violence being committed.

On announcing the breaking news, most media organizations opted to use only photos while others aired partial video clips showing just the moments preceeding the execution without extending the horrifying news with aspects of cruelness or the violent act.

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