Front pages

The front pages of a number of British newspapers today confirms a development in the press over recent years. We live in a place where editors decide that they should put a picture of a man being murdered on the front page.

To write it still staggers me, but this has been the case for over three years.

We live in a place where editors decide that they should put a picture of a man being murdered on the front page.

This is the editorial decision in a number of papers. Not to publish the cartoons from the satirical newspaper, as in other countries (and there are reasons for and against doing that); not (as the Independent did) to take one of the many powerful cartoons drawn in response to the atrocity and make that the front page picture; not (as The Guardian and Scottish paper The National did) to concentrate on the vigils in the aftermath, ordinary people gathering together defiant, showing they were not afraid. No. They put a picture of a man being murdered on the front page.

There are issues of decency and dignity around this, and I have blogged about that before after reading an excellent piece by Andrew Collins on the topic. But there are other issues here.

What did the terrorists want the media reaction to be? What do they want on the front pages? What images do they want shared? What video footage? Do they want the murder of innocents played on a loop on rolling news, with video stills blown up to catch all the details of murder on the front pages? Or do they want defiance? Do they want the cartoons? Do they want the ridicule? Do they want the vigils?

I think the editors got it wrong.


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I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.
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3 Responses to Front pages

  1. korhomme says:

    What do they want? Or, perhaps, what do their leaders want?

    Publicity for their actions, rather than the “reasons” for their actions. Control of the story; and that’s what most newspapers have given them.

  2. An exchange on twitter indicating the thought process behind the decision. I disagree.

    • korhomme says:

      Not only do I think that you are wrong, but I *know* that you are wrong. However, your wrongness doesn’t mean that I shall unholster my AK47; I shall allow you to proceed in your wrong-headed view 😉 And isn’t intolerance of the views of others, the inability to see that there might just be people with alternative ideas, other visions, the root of the problem?

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