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PETERS – Let’s not make the latest mass shooter into a celebrity

(Image: Screenshot, CFJC-TV)

THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MOSQUE ATTACKS in New Zealand is in its early stages, but we do know a few things about what happened.

Dozens of people were killed at two mosques attending Friday services.

The suspect had posted horrific white supremacist rantings online before the attacks.

It’s believed the accused shooter was in part influenced by Alexandre Bissonnette, the man who carried out an attack on a Quebec City mosque in 2017.

And we know that the shooter live streamed the attack on Facebook.

Legacy media like newspaper and television stations have long been criticized for making celebrities out of mass murderers and terrorists.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

 

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