News Opinions & Features March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

Terror Attacks: What the World Can Learn from Africa

Charles Ayitey | Contributor

Charles Ayitey March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

March 29, 2016 at 11:22 am | News, Opinions & Features

Despite Africa’s buoyant free press, strict media regulations and forms of censorship are always needed to clean up the airwaves (Source: Ghanaweb.com)

Clean-up of the media. 

It is a fact that terrorists have a close relationship with Western media – no surprise about that, especially when such media is so thirsty to attract viewers and readers thereby sensationalizing terrorism. But what if the war against terror is fought head-on through first of all cleaning up the media itself? When we talk of media in Africa, we talk about Government using reasonable means to diffuse information in the safest way. In his book Terrorism versus Democracy: The liberal state response , Paul Wilkinson postulates the need for “media censorship, statutory regulations or voluntary self-restraint.”

It remains right to say there is the need for an open media but how open should open be when most of the cruel beheading by ISIS are shown on Western media? If only the West adopted such a strict tactical move, the war against terror through the media can in a way be achieved.

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