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In recent decades the portrayal of war violence in Western media has become more regulated and less anticipated by audiences. The use of certain graphic images or detailed content concerning war is for the most part highly censored due to underlying ethical issues, as well as potential consequences this kind of mass exposure could have on audiences. In contrast, other audiences that are exposed to non-Western media outlets such as Al-Jazeera “quite reasonably [expect] gore and dead bodies to be part of war coverage” (Friedersdorf, 2013).

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After the execution of Mohammed Yusuf, Boko Haram’s founder, this terrorist Islamist movement has gotten increasingly more violent in their pursuit to carve out an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria and eliminate the country’s westernization. According to Huffington post, since Yusuf’s death in 2009, this group has killed “over 10 000 people” in 2014, and has caused the displacement of around “1 million” Nigerians “within the country” and to neighboring areas (Charlotte Alfred).

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In the article “Media Walk A Minefield of The Miffed, but Self-Censorship Is A Slow Suicide” published in the Globe and Mail on January 17 2015, Elizabeth Renzetti discusses the question of the limits of freedom of speech and the opinions regarding religious issues. When referring to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Renzetti argues that faith should not be exempt from mockery, not according to free speech. However, she points out the fear to offend certain group, especially after the event, whereas the Globe and Mail decided not to publish Charlie Hebdo's cartoons.

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