The media

Journalists, academics ponder whether journalism serves interests of terrorists or governments

Are terrorists using the media to convey their messages and are governments doing the same in reverse? These were questions pondered by lawyers and journalists attending an international conference on Freedom of the Press hosted by the Jerusalem Pres Club at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center.

Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer, Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute and an emeritus professor of Law at the Hebrew University, defined terrorism as psychological warfare that instills fear in order to put pressure on governments, and that the media is an agent of the terrorists.

On the other hand he conceded non-coverage of terrorist activities is not an option.

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    Journalism serves the interests of journalists, whose income depends on the sale of products, or in the case of government-funded organizations, adhering to the party line.