Accession Number : ADA180479

Title :   The Media and Terrorism.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Kessler,James S.

Report Date : 17 MAR 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Media coverage of terrorism in a democracy is a critical problem. The elimination or even the restriction of media coverage would have a marked effect on counter-terrorism measures. But, success at any cost is not a concept with which Americans are comfortable. Indeed, it could be argued that by restricting autonomy and freedom of the press is in itself a victory for terrorism. Hence we face a real dilemma: the free media that have helped shape our democracy and have contributed to its strength also provides our enemies with the means to strike at our democratic foundations. While there will always be some mutual suspicion between the media and the government in a democracy, cooperation in times of crisis can produce a common-sense approach to counter-terrorism measures. (Author)

Descriptors :   *TERRORISM, *MASS MEDIA, DEMOCRACY, FOUNDATIONS(STRUCTURES), COUNTERMEASURES

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE