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European media are going to stop revealing the identities of terrorists

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Le Monde is like the NYT of France. (luc legay / Flickr)

French newspaper Le Monde has announced that following the recent terror attacks, they will not be publishing the names and photos of terrorists to avoid any possibility of their posthumous glorification – them getting famous or revered after their death. Other media houses, La Croix, Europe 1 and BFM-TV, a CNN affiliate, also adopted the same measure.

Le Monde's director Jérôme Fenoglio wrote an editorial titled "Resisting the strategy of hate" to argue for his newspaper's stance.

"The sites and newspapers that produce this information cannot excuse themselves from self-examination on several fronts. Since ISIS terrorism first appeared, Le Monde has changed its practices several times."

He's referring to the recent attacks in Nice on Jul. 14 and the knife attacks on Jul. 26.

Michel Field, the executive director of news at the state-run France Télévisions, disagreed with the decisions and said people might not like this amount of censorship.

“Our duty is to inform, it’s the right of citizens to be informed. And we must resist this race towards self-censorship and grand declarations of intention.”

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European media are going to stop revealing the identities of terrorists

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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