The major French news media have imposed a publication ban on themselves, not to name or show pictures of Muslim terrorists.
The media say they don’t want to glorify the murderers. I get that.
But really? I mean, these media love naming and showing every other sort of content. It’s what sells newspapers. How many thousands of times did every liberal newspaper in the world publish the pictures of an atrocity committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq, at a terrorist prison called Abu Ghraib?
Yet now the very names of terrorists will be banned. Is it really so as not to incite copycats?
Of course not.
It’s to hide the identity of the terrorists as Muslim. We even saw that in Canada last week, when the Globe and Mail called the Munich terrorist “David,” instead of his given name, “Ali.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on the pressure put on French media, from the government itself:
“Could one imagine a stronger vector for terror?” 40 members of the French parliament wrote to the head of France’s media regulator last week. Four days later, TF1, another major French network, published selfies of the rampage suspect grinning next to the 21-ton truck he used to commit his massacre. “Could one imagine more powerful glorification?” the lawmakers wrote, urging the regulator to remind media outlets of the need for prudence.
What a disgrace that France has a “media regulator”. But then again, don’t we — through the CRTC, and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and our kangaroo court human rights commissions?
Yeah, I think it was both, though: journalists not wanting to report the truth; and politicians not wanting them to, either.
I don’t know why anyone would ever buy that newspaper again, other than for the bottom of a birdcage.