"The media's coverage of terrorist events has been, for some time, the source of a great deal of discussion, controversy and debate. What the media's proper role should be surfaces after each and every terrorist incident as if it were a new phenomenon. The issues are continually written about, discussed and debated but never solved. Technology, with its capability for on the scene instantaneous coverage, has only served to heighten this controversy. This study project reviews the issues surrounding the media's profit motives, first amendment rights, the public's right to know and the authorities/counterterrorist organization's requirement for secrecy. It also briefly reviews the hostages' families' right to privacy throughout the terrorist incident. Finally this study makes several recommendations which could help to bring this aging problem to closure."
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