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Images of tragedy: Who decides how much the public gets to see?

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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People react as family members, colleagues and friends of the victims of Tuesday blasts gather for a memorial ceremony at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Thursday, June 30, 2016. A senior Turkish official on Thursday identified the Istanbul airport attackers as a Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz national hours after police carried out sweeping raids across the city looking for Islamic State suspects. Tuesday's gunfire and suicide bombing attack at Ataturk Airport killed dozens and injured over 200. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Ataturk airport attack within Turkey.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Emrah Gurel/AP

Two days after a deadly attack on Turkey's largest airport, there has been no claim of responsibility, but Turkish officials believe it is the work of Islamic State.

Forty-two people died, and hundreds were injured when three gunmen, strapped with explosives, opened fire. The men later blew themselves up.

Since then, grainy footage of one of the suicide bombers has surfaced. Some outlets have run the clip in its entirety, but others have held back.

Who decides what we see and hear in the media? And what impact do images and sounds have on the way we understand a tragedy? 

Take Two put that question to Mike Ananny. He's a professor of communication and journalism based at the USC Annenberg  

Press the blue play button above to hear the interview. 

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