It seems that one important measure for limiting the effects of the fear ISIS or IS is trying to spread in the West, and the effectiveness of its recruiting campaign by engaging in terror, would be to simply not show any pictures or videos related to beheadings on television, YouTube, websites, or in the printed media.
The press should not be serving as a megaphone for ISIS’s terror propaganda.
Immediately, news outlets and Internet Service Providers should ban the publication of any such videos or photographs in media or websites under their control.
As soon as possible, legislation should be passed making the showing of terrorist propaganda such as beheadings on any media a crime.
At the same time, the terrorists’ web sites should be taken down by military or intelligence agencies’ cyber-warfare operations. Any argument of the intelligence agencies to the effect that they want to trace and identify everyone who comes to the site should be overruled insofar as pictures and videos of beheadings of Westerners, or indeed anyone, are concerned.
Why has this not already been done?
Don’t people in our government get the point that terror is spread through the media?
News stories, without the pictures, of course, are fine and should be published.
The Trenchant Observer