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French media pull photos of attackers over ‘glorification’ fears

France’s Le Monde daily says Wednesday it would no longer publish photographs of killers responsible for terror attacks to avoid giving them “posthumous glorification.”

The country’s biggest rolling news television channel, BFMTV, later confirms that it was following suit, as does Catholic daily La Croix.

And the Europe 1 radio station says it was going further and not “naming terrorists.”

“We realized after the Nice attack that we were very uncomfortable about a series of photos from the attacker’s past,” Le Monde’s managing editor Jerome Fenoglio tells AFP, referring to widely circulated images of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel flexing his muscles and salsa dancing.

“It is not about hiding the facts, or where these killers came from, which is why we do not agree with not naming them,” he adds.

“But their photos are not pertinent for describing their background,” he says.

BFMTV, which came in for criticism for interviewing gunman Amedy Coulibaly during the January 2015 kosher supermarket siege in Paris in which four people died, said it had also stopped showing images of attackers.

“We made the decision last night to no longer show pictures of the terrorists until further notice,” says editorial director Herve Beroud.

“We have been thinking about this for some time. Our decision was speeded up by Nice, by the repeated tragedies,” he tells AFP.

He says the station would continue to name “terrorists… The difficulty of this debate is that we have to guard against not informing people,” he adds.

AFP

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