Hostage Taking in Manila - The Media Could've Done Better
Image via WikipediaThe horrifying hostage taking incident that happened yesterday came into a disturbing conclusion. Nine innocent lives were taken in a meaningless bloodshed. Who should take the blame for this horrendous display of evil? Is it the hostage taker? Is it the police?
Many will say that the police authorities failed to handle the situation wisely. The Hong Kong government already expressed its disappointment over the incident. It was indeed very clear from yesterday's incident that the country's competence in maintaining peace and security is seriously flawed.
Also worth taking note of is how the media behaved during the course of the incident. The media has been criticized for giving information to the hostage taking on which we cannot deny that it may have contributed to his agitation.
I found this very nice article about how the journalists should have responded in those crises.
Guidelines for Covering Hostage-Taking Crises, Prison Uprisings, Terrorist Actions