Terrorism is designed by its perpetrators to disturb social order and the media are implicated with these aims, whether wittingly or unwittingly. Much of the media coverage both in national and international media appears to lack objectivity. News coverage of the terrorist acts taking place in other nations is especially influenced by existing national foreign policies. Therefore, international news media have a tendency to define terrorism by who commits acts of violence rather than what acts are committed. As a result, the definition of terrorism and terrorist becomes problematic. If the groups or organizations which commit the violent acts are sympathized with, then the acts are regarded as legitimate violence and the people are not labelled as terrorists. Consequently in the news, important facts are either omitted or distorted. Generally, the lack of balance in such news coverage is not regarded as unethical.
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