The Neda Agha Soltan Video: Broadcasting Death

Over the last two days, millions have seen footage of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman caught up in the ongoing political protests in Iran, bleed to death on websites like YouTube and other media venues.   Below is a link to an interesting op-ed piece about whether or not its appropriate to publicize such images; it was written by Cassandra Jardine and published in the  UK Telegraph.

Personally, I do not think it is inherently inappropriate to broadcast or publish images of violence and death that are politically relevant.  Whether it is a good idea depends on the perspective of the person who is making the decision to do so.  I welcome readers’ comments.

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