Covering riots: Should journalists attempt to quell the violence?
When riots among the fans of the Algerian and Egyptian football teams arose last week during a World Cup qualifying match, news organizations sped to cover the turmoil. And journalists, politicians and even religious clerics intervened to quell the tension by calling on Algerians and Egyptians to stick to their “Arab brotherhood” and to stop attacking each other.
In an essay published on Aljazeera Talk, Egyptian writer Imad Aldin Alsayyed criticized the fighting and expressed disappointment in "failing" to calm the tension through his writing. "I feel there is no use for the pens in our lives anymore," he wrote.
What do you think? What is your role as a journalist when reporting on riots in or involving your country?