Rein back on ISIS coverage

Mark Rowley, the assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan police, has urged the media to rein back on coverage about ISIS as it fuels the spread of terrorist propaganda.

Speaking at the Society of Editors conference in Cambridge, the Metropolitan Police warned that a ‘fine balance’ was necessary as the terrorist group would use events to ‘radicalise and influence’.

Rowley said: “I do think there are some ways that you can rein back what you do. There is a fine balance. If ISIS are looking to influence, you have to ask, are you helping them to influence.”

Rowley’s call was echoed by commissioner Cressida Dick, who argued that the media ‘must inform but not glorify and provide the platform this evil craves’ and ‘comment but not in a way that creates excessive fear and multiplies the terror’.

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