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“That is what the terrorists want”: Media as amplifier or disrupter of violent extremist propaganda

22 May 2018
Long read by Haroro J. Ingram

L’École nationale de la magistrature (ENM), with the financial support of the Justice programme of the European Union, held “The judicial response to terrorism and the charter of fundamental rights of the EU: Media treatment of terrorism cases” workshop in Paris, 15-16 June 2017.

In his Paris speech, Dr. Haroro J. Ingram addresses the ways in which the media can both amplify or disrupt violent extremist propaganda. His central argument, as Ingram puts it, is that an "independent, assertive, responsible and critically engaged media is the best weapon democracies have against violent extremist propaganda. But it is also a weapon that the propagandists of ISIS and Al-Qaeda actively seek to turn against us."