Sea of Pictures: Alan Kurdi & how media use images of refugees and vulnerable people (Frontline Club Podcast, 2017)

This podcast records the discussion around a film which focuses on the image of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, who was found drowned on a beach in Turkey while trying to reach Europe with his family. This image went viral and became a symbol of the refugee crisis and the widespread international apathy up until that point. His image was seen on newspapers across the globe. But how as a media outlet do you choose which pictures to show to the public? What are the ethics surrounding taking pictures such as these? Can you really control how these pictures are interpreted and repurposed?

The panelists discuss how pictures can impact and reshape public discourse and policy, but often in ways that were entirely unintended.

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