Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some French Media Ban IDs of Attackers to Stop "Hero" Effect

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some French Media Ban IDs of Attackers to Stop "Hero" Effect

Article excerpt

PARIS * Some leading French media outlets pledged Wednesday to stop publishing names and images of attackers linked to Islamic State to prevent people from being inadvertently glorified, after a spate of attacks in France over the past 18 months.

The decisions, part of a French debate about how the news media might be contributing to the extremist threat, come as the French parliament debates whether to enshrine in law restrictions on the way the news media can cover "terrorist acts."

The director of Le Monde, Jerome Fenoglio, said in an editorial that his newspaper would stop publishing photographs of attackers in a bid to prevent the "possible posthumous glorifying effects" and called for news media to exercise more responsibility.

The newspaper already has a ban on publishing extracts of Islamic State propaganda or claims of responsibility from the group's media wing. …

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