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Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, 2015 Edition by Committee to Protect Journalists

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4. Broadcasting Murder: Militants Use Media for Deadly Purpose

By Joel Simon Samantha Libby

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A militant uses a mobile phone to film fellow Islamic State fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s Raqqa province on June 30, 2014.

Source: Reuters

News of the August 19, 2014, murder of journalist James Foley broke not in the media but instead on Twitter. News organizations faced the agonizing questions of how to report on the killing and what portions of the video to show. If a group or individual commits an act of violence and then films it, how can traditional news organizations cover it without amplifying the ...

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