Countering terrorism via the internet

Authored by: Maura Conway , Clive Walker

Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415870375
eBook ISBN: 9780203795835
Adobe ISBN: 9781134455096

10.4324/9780203795835.ch27

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Abstract

Terrorist and extremist movements have long employed every available mass communications technology. Examples range from the Irish Republican press in the nineteenth century, 1 Marighela’s advice to his comrades in 1969 to use photocopiers to reproduce pamphlets and manifestos, 2 and Hizbollah’s establishment of its Al-Manar television station in the early 1990s, 3 through to the so-called Islamic State’s ‘slickly’ produced contemporary digital content. 4 For many years, scholars interested in the relationship between terrorism and media focused on the role of news media, particularly newspapers, 5 with terrorism often portrayed as involving the intentional manipulation of journalists. Terrestrial and satellite television has also directly impacted on terrorism, 6 with many terrorism spectaculars, including 9/11, appearing to be specifically choreographed for television.

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