ICCT’s Key Publications on Media Reporting of Terrorism

Read and watch ICCT’s key works on media reporting of terrorism and challenges in journalism. Journalism and terrorism have always been interconnected. Terrorists use media to recruit, radicalise, spread fear, and divide society. On the other hand, journalists who report on terrorism face challenges and even threats. Can the media also be used to counter terrorism? 

1️⃣ For two years, ICCT has worked with researchers and journalists in terrorist areas on minimising the negative impact of media in terrorism, and maximising positive impact in CT. To read about the project and its key findings, see our project leaflet here.

2️⃣ How and why did the Taliban evolve their PR strategy from being almost non-existent during their previous occupation of Afghanistan, to having a consistent and far-reaching presence in global media outlets today? Read more in this perspective by William Maley.

3️⃣ What challenges are faced by journalists and governments when reporting on terrorism in non-Western countries? In this report, Andrew Glazzard and Alastair Reed analyse how terrorist threats can be responded to accurately, responsibly, and proportionately.

4️⃣ Is Dabiq’s propaganda aimed at Western women based on more than romance and sex? Is a more nuanced understanding of IS’s appeal to women needed for more effective counter-strategies? Read this research by Kiriloi M. Ingram.

5️⃣How do post-terrorist incident responses shape how a terrorist attack is perceived? For insight into the role that social media platforms play in crisis-communications, check out this report by Alastair Reed and Haroro J. Ingram.

6️⃣ What are the merits of citizen and conflict-sensitive journalism as approaches to reporting terrorism in authoritarian societies? In this report, Andrew Glazzard and Alastair Reed synthesise the findings of case studies in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

7️⃣ How are the narratives in ISIS’ Dabiq English-language magazine strategically designed to appeal to and radicalise its audiences? In this report, Haroro J. Ingram ‘reverse engineers’ lessons for CT-CVE strategic communications.

8️⃣ With terrorists seeking to promote their acts of violence to as wide an audience as possible, journalists risk amplifying the terrorist threat when reporting on attacks. How can this result be mitigated/avoided? Take a look at this Live Webinar.