How can one report terrorist attacks in an ethical manner?

Journalists are responsible of not inciting uncontrolled anger, revenge or further terrorism with their reporting.

Acts of terror should be reported accurately and responsibly. Special care must be taken with the wording, which should avoid praise for violent acts and eliminate terms that contain emotional or value judgments.

The term “terrorism” is interpreted in various, sometimes opposite ways. Journalists should try to avoid the term without attribution. They should let other people characterize while they report the facts.

Detailed descriptions of what happened, avoiding terms such as “freedom warriors” or “terrorists”, raise credibility among the audience. The journalist’s goal remains the same as in reporting any story: to let readers make their own judgements.

Source: OECD