Some French media ban IDs of attackers to stop ‘hero’ effect

Flowers and candles with a U.S. flag are placed at the scene of a truck attack on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Monday, July 18, 2016, prior to a minute of silence to honor the victims of the Bastille Day attack on Thursday in Nice. France is holding a national moment of silence for 84 people killed by a truck rampage in Nice, and thousands of people are massed on the waterfront promenade where Bastille Day celebrations became a killing field. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Some leading French media outlets say they will stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to the Islamic State group to prevent individuals from being inadvertently glorified.

The decisions come after the truck attack on a Nice fireworks display and the killing of a French priest in a church in Normandy, events in a spate of attacks France has seen since last year.

On Wednesday, leading newspaper Le Monde pledged to stop publishing photographs of attackers and avoid “possible posthumous glorifying effects.” The newspaper already has a ban on publishing extracts of IS propaganda.

BFM-TV said it will no longer broadcast images of attackers’ faces.

Radio Europe-1 said it would no longer read out “terrorists’ names” to “stop them being turned into heroes.”


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