Is the media helping the hostage takers?
The taking of hostages, such as Ken Bigley in Iraq, has prompted debate on the media’s role and responsibilities in covering such events. Does publicity help or hinder their plight? Was Margaret Thatcher right to decry the ‘oxygen of publicity’? The dilemma is beginning to haunt editors everywhere. How do you deal with this wave of hostage taking from Russia to Iraq? How do you cover something where, time and again, your coverage is part of the reason why the hostages were taken in the first place?Full Story