Should the media report the identities of mass shooters and terrorists
It is the business and duty of the media to report to the people the happenings of the world. The media presents the good, bad and, the ugly--but what happens if an aspect of these reports is thought to increase the prevalence of mass shootings and terrorist attacks? There should be a way to provide the public with information regarding horrific events without idolizing the responsible individuals. Often times, among the reasons to commit horrific acts, such as murdering elementary school children, is to gain notoriety. This notoriety is a promise to the potential murderer/ terrorist, made by the media the last time it extensively and constantly reported the identity and detailed backstory of the life of last month's infamous school shooting murderer/ terrorists. I wish to propose a law that would limit the biographic information (including photos and social media accounts) that the media would be allowed to broadcast without restricting the first amendment rights of the media.