"Terrorism and the Media:

Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 20, 2017


The role of the press in reporting on terrorism has been under public debate for decades. Many issues have been considered, including whether the media encourages terrorism and whether governments should prevent the press from covering terrorism in the "name of security." These and related questions regarding the role of the media in the evolving so-called "post-truth era" and the social media "revolution" were discussed by government officials, journalists, and academics. The panel offered policy recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community.

Opening remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Professor Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of MarylandJennifer Rubin, The Washington PostThomas Frank, investigative reporter at CNNZdeněk Beránek, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic; and Professor Shireen Hunter, Research professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Closing remark were also given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.).

Watch the seminar below or on Ustream here



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