"Terrorists & The Media"

  • demonstrating a rapid and effective opinion making capacity. The Authorities must learn to work with, and harness this media in positive ways and prevent its misuse by the terrorists for inculcation or recruitment (eg: ISIS).

Risk communication cannot totally close the perception gap, the difference between our fears and facts, but it can help.

And as General Colin Powell advises, when talking to the media remember:-

  • Don’t discuss options – you do not have answer every question put to you. They get to ask the questions, but you get to pick the answers. Shape your answer to the millions who would later be watching the TV, not to the one who is asking the question.
  • Just tell what happened. Don’t crawl. People want to share your confidence, however thin, not your turmoil, however real. Never let them see you sweat.

Conclusion:

Media coverage is ‘oxygen’ to the insurgents/terrorists. They manipulate the Media and sympathetic NGO’s into getting greater and repetitive coverage to exaggerate the effect of the incident.

Media must recognize this and work with the Authorities to convey the story factually and with the right perspective to the public.

Annexure

A guide to the threat perception and what it really is. How you will die? - Measurement of life - time risk for a person in USA, by the US National Safety Council!

Total any cause - 1 in 1 (everyone dies!)

1

Heart Disease

1 in 6

 

14

Fire arm discharge

1 in 6,309

2

Cancer

1 in 7

15

Air transport accident

1 in 7, 032

3

Stroke

1 in 28

16

Electrocution

1 in 9,943

4

Motor vehicle accident

1 in 88

17

Heat exposure

1 in 12, 517

5

Intentional Self harm

1 in 112

18

Cataclysmic storm

1 in 46, 044

6

Accidental poisoning by, or exposure to, noxious substances

 

 

1 in 130

19

Bee / Hornet / Wasp sting

1 in 71, 623

7

Falls

1 in 171

20

Legal execution

1 in 96, 691

8

Car occupant accident

1 in 303

21

Dog attack

1 in 1, 20, 864

9

Associate by Fire arm

1 in 306

22

Earth Quake or other earth movement

1 in 1, 48, 756

10

Pedestrian accident

1 in 649

23

Flood

1 in 1, 75, 803

11

Motor cycle accident

1 in 770

24

Fireworks

1 in 3, 86, 766

12

Fire

1 in  1777

25

Shark attack

1 in 39, 43, 110

13

Bicycle accident

1 in  4717

26

Terror incident

1 in 93,00, 000

- JAI HIND! -

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Comments

The simple exananptiols you have provided along with your article make this one of the best written and best detail-oriented articles I have had the enjoyment of reading and thinking about in a long time.
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