Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Images of death. The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott today has a piece on the media dilemma of whether to publish photos or run video of dead American soldiers. Among those interviewed is Boston Phoenix editor Peter Kadzis, who discusses the Phoenix's decision to put up a link on its website to the video of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl's last, horrifying moments.

Kadzis tells Kennicott: "I think that war is and of itself full of brutal acts, but that nevertheless there are levels of brutality and callousness. Anything that helps those of us who are far removed from a conflict to understand the degree of force applied, or the degree of brutality enacted, anything that seriously contributes to that understanding, is valid."

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