Media Monitoring Post 3

Its been 2 days, but the tragedy continues to unfold. Here are some interesting notes from Day 3 of Media monitoring.

What struck me as the most interesting aftermath of the Paris attacks are, more attacks. This time, France bombing claimed ISIS stronghold, Raqqa in Syria. Paris has declared the massacre as an ‘act of war’ and shall retaliate. The CNN is its story, ‘Air Strikes in Raqqa’ reported that these strikes are symbolic and France is stating its power and readiness to protect its territorial integrity.

France has begun an international manhunt to find the perpetrators of Paris attack. The chase has moved to Belgium where 2 people have been detained in connection to the Paris attacks, reports Wall Street Journal.  There are believed to have been 3 teams attacking Paris simultaneously. One of the posed to be a refugee and came to France via Greece. The video of this man, Ahmad Almohammad, laughing and clapping in Serbia has been posted by Mail Online.

In terms of visuals, the Mail Online is way ahead compared to its contemporaries. It also posted a story with identifiable images of victims of the Paris attacks. The Mail Online went ahead to post a gruesome image from within the Bataclan Concert Hall post the shootings. In my opinion this is very unethical and saddening. This image is graphic and shouldn’t be posted online or on any other medium.

103 out of 129 victims have been identified and named. Social media played a huge role in this with relative posting images of their loved ones. Sadly, majority of the victims were the youth who were out for a Friday night. Reuter’s story, ‘Partying on a Friday, many Paris victims were bright young things’, interviewed people who told them about their young friends and cousins and children who lost their lives. Mainly two tweets that went viral are- a picture of a bloody blouse posted by a girl who was  wearing it at the Metal concert and a video posted by a man while evacuating Stade de France, everyone singing the Les Marseilles.

In terms of foreign policy and global steategy, it is important to analyse and assess the aftermath of these attacks. The New Yorker, in its feature posted a detailed prose ‘The Paris Attacks: Aftermath and Prelude’. It talks about the ‘western overreaction which led to the rise of ISIS’ and what the Europe and the rest of the world should do (and should have done).

In major talks at the moment is how to deal with the threat of the ISIS. Much emphasis has been given on debasing the ideology on which this terrorist group operates. president Hollande has taken the first step by addressing the group not as ISIS but ‘Daesh’. Vox has done a brief explainer, ‘Why John Kerry and the French president are calling ISIS “Daesh”, about this theory, which could have a positive effect.

On exploring, the aftermath of Paris had a few economic ramifications. The MarketWatch reported, ‘European currencies fall in the aftermath of Paris attacks’. The British pound and swiss franc tumble as investors moved to the safety of US Dollar and Japanese yen. The Europe is seen under a imminent threat and this might affect its economy.


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