The pornography of terror?
- 11 Sep 06, 01:12 PM
On a day of ceremonies to mark the fifth anniversary of the 11 September attacks, Newsnight’s preparations are underway for a special edition of the programme this evening.
With guests that include General Sir Rupert Smith, the former Deputy Allied Commander of Nato; the novelist Martin Amis; the legendary US anchorman Dan Rather; the former CIA Director Jim Woolsey; Prince Hassan of Jordan; and the former PM of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, we’ll be devoting an extended programme to the anniversary and the war on terror the attacks spawned.
It's a huge subject, but also controversial. Over the past five years 9/11 has touched the stories we do on Newsnight almost every day. But by making programmes that replay the iconography of the attacks, is there a danger of playing into the hands of the terrorists?
Also as part of tonight’s programme, we’ll be talking to the artist Joel Meyorowitz, the only photographer to be given access to ground zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.You can view some of his images via his website