Sunday, 29 July 2018 11:01

Unnecessary Mention of Terrorism in Le Vif Article

The Belgian newspaper Le Vif reported about a suicide in Verviers where the person blew himself up. The newspaper decided to clarify that it was not a terrorist attack. This point is repeated in the headline, in the intro, and in the article. Despite this incident having nothing to do with terrorism, almost half of the article is devoted to recount how in 2015, a week after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a terrorist cell was dismantled in Verviers.

The Belgian newspaper Le Vif reported about a suicide in Verviers where the person blew himself up. The newspaper decided to clarify that it was not a terrorist attack. This point is repeated in the headline, in the intro, and in the article. Despite this incident having nothing to do with terrorism, almost half of the article is devoted to recount how in 2015, a week after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a terrorist cell was dismantled in Verviers.

GTTO partner in Belgium, The European Forum of Muslim Women, wrote a complaint to the newspaper in the week after the article was published questioning why it felt the need to connect the incident to terrorism repeatedly without any evidence of it being a terrorist incident. Le Vif has to date not responded to the complaint.

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