For weeks we have been bombarded with pictures of war that are getting stronger every day. At first, the faces of the shocked children were forced to leave in a hurry. In mother’s arms, in the car, shaking hands with grandmother. They said they would flee to a safe place outside Ukina. But with sad eyes, often wet with tears, there was also the question of not having the courage to ask: why? Then, after the escalation of the war, the photos and videos became clearer and more impressive: wounded soldiers, dying sick, pregnant women on stretchers. From machine gun corpses on the streets: not fighters, but unarmed civilians trying to escape to safety. To testify, trolleys, baby soft toys and baskets with cats. All were killed on the morning of a cruel day. Many indecent and violent people cried in front of those images. But it did not end. The videos and photos came from burnt bodies or bodies recovered from mass graves. The attackers did not stop, but none of the journalists and media who spread the material. “Responsible for reporting, we condemn the atrocities of the war” was the rational latemotif of some accused directors or critical photographers and cameramen.
The grandeur of condemnation and therefore the civic commitment has covered and legitimized those fascinating and terrifying images. Yes, just as the law defines them, the old laws of the press, written by the constitution itself, which banned its publicity. This rule does not come out of nowhere, but the norm and technical continuity of Article 21 of the Constitution, which ensures freedom of expression for all. There is only one limitation: morality. Thus the fifth paragraph states: “Printed publications, shows and all other publications contrary to ethics are prohibited”. And respect for morality is the concept referred to by the law in the press and Articles 528 and 529 of the Criminal Code, which precisely define crime and prescribe punishment. “Ethics” is an elastic concept that adapts to time and history. In the past it was closely associated with sexual morality. This is the break that blocked nudity or swearing and blasphemy on TV. Today obscene language is the order of the day and to be honest it does not seem like a great victory of freedom, but the poverty of language, now flattened in the genitals.
In morality, judges see more and more the notion of dignity, the notion of respect for the individual. As it happens, the dignity is good which all the information operators should mention in their work. Ethical codes and deontological rules all focus on this. Like dignity, honor and privacy, those concerned are preserved even after death. Journalists pretend not to know and relentlessly shoot the bodies already destroyed by bombs and male violence. They forget that it is one thing to report and one thing to improve as a medical examiner, to transform each article into a necrosis report. Thus not only is the dignity of those victims unable to defend themselves and to be offended, compassion is also killed. That feeling every man or woman should feel in the face of death of men including them.
But we have removed death from our cultural and spiritual horizons, leaving only descriptions, surprises, tragedies. A war is good for this, since the cause of the news and the search for truth seem to be a good reason to show more and more violent and fascinating images. So that their spread can stop the conflict. Instead, he made a horror film that, if banned for minors, would be available to newspapers and news outlets. In the end, the important thing is to create an audience, if a few decades ago Kessler’s legs or Carr’s navel were enough, today a body killed in a bombing works better.