The Migrant Crisis, Through The Lens Of Social Media
Note: The photo in this story may be distressing to some viewers.
Social media, and one photo in particular, have played a central role in galvanizing public attention around Europe’s migrant crisis.
The head of the United Nations’ refugee agency has called the crisis a “defining moment” for the EU and said member countries must mobilize and accept up to 200,000 refugees. Ireland has agreed to take 1,800 refugees, and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to accept thousands more.
But Cameron may be responding to pressure outside the UN, after being the target of an article in The Independent. The newspaper was the first to print the Reuters photos of a Syrian toddler who washed up dead on the beach in Turkey after he, his brother and mother drowned trying to reach Greece. (See the article here, but note that the images may be distressing to some viewers.)
The paper said it made the decision to print the pictures because leaders like Cameron were demonizing the migrants. They wanted to humanize them. Here & Now’s Robin Young discusses the story with Femi Oke, host of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English.
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