The Monitor's View Why beheading journalists backfires

The Islamic State has now beheaded three journalists, the latest being Kenji Goto of Japan. His reports on the innocent in conflicts only highlights why groups like ISIL need a spotlight of journalistic truth on them.


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Journalists are frequently targeted simply for doing their job of helping others better understand the world. Most people want this truth-telling service and might even pay for it. But often those in authority or those with guns seek to jail or kill a news messenger. These days, reporters from China to Egypt and even in the United States face various types of repression. But nothing quite compares to the beheading of three journalists in recent months by the Islamic State militants.