With every attack, journalists let themselves be used by the assailants. Just like their readers and viewers. But why?

By Bastian Berbner

This article was published in cooperation with European Press Prize.

Consternation is limited. After the attack on the French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo, some twenty thousand people gathered for a vigil in front of the Brandenburg Gate, and they sang the Marseillaise in solidarity with the victims, with “Je suis Charlie” written on their t-shirts.

Ten months later, as terrorists attacked in Paris once more, not more than two thousand people came to the Brandenburg Gate. The German television news program Brennpunkt, though, was watched by some ten million.