oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - The media and security forces: is a joint strategy possible?
Guerrilla action is inherently political, and its main weapon is not bullets, but publicity. Terror is simply a callous continuation of this theme of embarrassment through bad publicity. One of the goals of terror is to receive maximum publicity for the activities of a political group. Because the intent of terror is to generate maximum publicity from it, it puts the authorities, the security forces and the media before a painful dilemma: when acts of terrorism are purposefully being suppressed, it causes unrest and unease within a democratic society. The media are continually struggling with this problem. How do you maintain credibility without contributing to symbolic and Instrumental violence?
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