How should the media cover terror attacks?



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When Khalid Masood drove at high-speed through a crowd and then ran towards Parliament wielding two knives last month, killing five people and injuring around 50 others, it was a shocking and gruesome attack on the seat of British democracy. But some observers, such as the journalist Simon Jenkins, argued that it should not have received wall-to-wall media coverage, not least because at that stage little was known about the motive. Similarly, many recent atrocities in Europe - most recently the truck attack that killed four people in Stockholm on April 7 - appear to have involved one actor using rudimentary weapons. Should journalists report on these incidents as they would on any other violent crime, or do they require a different treatment?

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