New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was a picture of humanity when she hugged members of the Muslim community at a Christchurch refugee centre. Just after the mosque massacre, what she had said, would definitely energize our journey for a better tomorrow. She said, “We were chosen for (the attacks)… because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it. You (the attacker) have chosen us but we utterly reject and condemn you.”
Fanatics and terrorists cannot stop the journey of humanity so long as the people like her are there among us. But one thing that we need to focus is on social media. The horrific killing at two mosques in Christchurch was broadcast live on the Internet. The shooter also uploaded his manifesto allegedly equating the shooting with the typical trolling tactics of the Internet’s most far-Right instigators. Social media channels later reportedly struggled to remove copies of the stream.
Interestingly, the New Zealand massacre has a similarity with what happened to Afrajul Khan, a poor labourer from West Bengal. He was hacked to death and burnt in Rajasthan by a lone assassin who made inflammatory comments and footage of the murder was uploaded in the social media. The killer allegedly got influenced by hate speeches and messages on social media. Afrajul murder was also a chain of events that had originated in hate speeches in the social media and then it snowballed to a street murder after that it went back to social media for further snowballing.
The terror attack in New Zealand again highlighted the urgent need to make the global tech companies nip violent content in the bud and quickly block such addresses of hatred.
Sujit De, Kolkata