Terrorism and mass media



The far-left and far-right in Australia - equivalent threats? Key findings and policy implications

This paper provides an overview of key trends identified throughout the Symbiotic Radicalisation research program, which examines the online interplay between the far-left and far-right in Australia (with a focus on the State of Victoria) and considers the policy implications of this work.

Current approaches to terrorist and violent extremist content among the global top 50 online content-sharing services

This report provides an overview of the policies and procedures for addressing terrorist and violent extremist content (TVEC) across the global top 50 online content sharing services, with a focus on transparency.

ACMA investigation into coverage by Australian television broadcasters of the Christchurch terrorist attack

This report outlines the ACMA's investigation into coverage by Australian commercial, national and subscription television broadcasters of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Report of the Australian Taskforce to Combat Terrorist and Extreme Violent Material Online

Comprising government and industry representatives, the objective of the taskforce was to provide advice to government on practical, tangible and effective measures and commitments to combat the upload and dissemination of terrorist and extreme violent material.

In crime reporting, we should ask better questions about the relevance of religion and ethnicity

Media reporting on a series of violent incidents in Melbourne raises a difficult question: in what circumstances is it ethically justifiable to include information about a perpetrator’s ethnicity or religion?
Briefing paper

Constraints and opportunities: what role for media development in countering violent extremism?

This paper seeks to provide some initial guidance as to what countering violent extremism (CVE) is and what it means for the media development sector, its donors and other organizations that work with media developers. Media consultant, former journalist and academic, Michelle Betz, argues that...

Communication breakdown: unraveling the Islamic State's media efforts

This report breaks down the Islamic State’s media activities through a two-fold approach. First, it examines a small number of declassified documents captured from the group’s predecessors to provide a baseline understanding its present-day media structure and operations. Second, through an examination of over 9,000...

Fanning the flames: Reporting on terror in a networked world

This paper seeks to describe this developing situation in the context of changes in the very nature of journalism and news. It identifies trends, problems, and best practices for more constructive journalism about terror. In the first section, the paper will look at the problems...
Briefing paper

Punishment as Prevention 5.0

In July 2016, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria’s (ECCV) consulted with culturally diverse communities, parents, teachers and legal experts on lowering the age of control orders for children aged 14 in the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2015.
Working paper

Race, offence and democracy

This paper is concerned with the competing demands of multiculturalism and the interplay of race and democratic practice in an age that is often seen as being somehow post-political. • State multiculturalism as an example of a regulatory framework, works by enabling recognition of particular...

The devil in the detail

The release of the government’s security law proposals reveals that the Coalition’s approach still casts a long shadow, writes Andrew Leigh.

The Australian media and terrorism

In any terrorist attack on Australian soil, it will be the media that defines the experience for the Australian public. The media will cover what happened and why, who did it, and will analyse whether anything could have been done to prevent the incident. Over...

Australians in Guantanamo Bay: A chronology of the detention of Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks

In the months and years following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the United States, a number of people suspected of involvement with terrorist organisations or their activities were apprehended in various countries around the world. Many of these people were, and in...

Material that advocates terrorist acts

This discussion paper sets out a proposal to amend the national Classification Code and Classification guidelines for film and literature to ensure that material that advocates terrorist acts is refused classification.