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Viewers 'unmoved' by bad news

16 January 2014 Last updated at 05:08 GMT

An academic study suggests that people who are told about awful things happening abroad in the news often remain unmoved by the reports.

Aid agencies refer to so-called compassion fatigue, which means people do not feel sympathy for the victims of war or natural disaster indefinitely.

However, journalists argue that if reporters can find a way of bringing the reality of suffering home, then audiences may feel sufficiently moved to demand that something be done.

Jim Reed reports for BBC Newsnight.

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