Terrorism and the Media Resource Hub


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Terrorism and the Media provides a framework for coverage that is responsible, proportionate and free of stigmatism and sensationalism. It is clear that such guidelines for the media in reporting terrorism and violent extremism are required to ensure objective and inclusive coverage.

Targeted towards journalists and media professionals, this handbook is designed to provide key information and encourage reflection on the way that terrorism is covered in the media. Based upon advice from leading institutions and experts, and filled with examples, it explores the professional challenges and ethical dilemmas inherent in terrorism reporting, and poses fundamental questions about what the impact of current treatment may be on social cohesion and the prevalence of fear in society.

Building on this publication, the Terrorism and the Media Resource Hub provides the key points of the framework alongside additional resources for journalists and other members of the media as a primary source of information to consult when covering terrorism.

If you are a member of the media or a related organisation and would like to organise a consultation regarding the project, please contact Tim Francis, UNESCO Associate Programme Specialist for Media Development and Society, at: t.francis(a)unesco.org

List of topics


1. Basic Issues


2. Framing Terrorism


3. Covering Attacks


4. Interacting with Terrorists


5. Safety of Journalists


6. Taking Stock




Useful Resources



About the author

Jean-Paul Marthoz is a journalist and essayist. Columnist at the newspaper Le Soir (Belgium) and professor of international journalism at the Catholic University of Louvain, he is the author of several books on journalism and international relations. He was previously the Director of the Media Programme for Democracy at the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), European Information Director at Human Rights Watch and correspondent for the European Union of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ, New York).