I can't help thinking, 'At last.' Why did it take so long for some sections of the media to recognise the huge ethical problems inherent in showing pictures, taken by perpetrators, of human beings undergoing extreme psychological trauma.
We have a responsibility as journalists to report on these murders, but we don't have to reproduce slavishly the most horrific propaganda.
Along with our sister title the
Independent on Sunday
, the Mirror's editor Lloyd Embley spoke about his paper's refusal to publish pictures of the video:
The Sun also published a leader, declaring that "we refuse to give his absurd killers the publicity they crave".