The foremost difficulty in the fight against terrorism is the failure of the international community to come up with a common description of terrorism and a collective and resolute position to fight this common menace. It is not only the duty of governments to come up with a firm position against terrorism. The media is responsible also in deploring this threat and must act with the awareness that the kingpins of terror aim to unleash a wave of horror, sow the seeds of distrust and bring down all the concepts of a free and open society with such acts. Propaganda is as deadly weapon as are the bombs for the masters of terrorism. On the other hand, freedom of press is not just a right enjoyed by journalists. The right has two faces: on one side we have the right of journalists to report on developments freely in their newspapers, TV and radio bulletins or on their Web sites. That is very important. However, the other side of the freedom of press coin, which could be described as the right of people to be informed, constitutes the backbone of the democratic rights of the modern society. It is for this aspect that journalism is considered to be a “public service.” The third problematic area, unfortunately partly stems from the absence of an international description of terrorism and partly from the “objectivity” cornerstone of the ethics of journalism. Thus, the problem at hand is how to strike a balance between “responsibility” and a fundamental right while at the same time conform with the objectivity principle at a time when the international community is yet unable to define this common threat.
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