US Zoo Gorilla’s Killing Remains Hot Topic

Boy Falls Into Gorilla Web
Boy Falls Into Gorilla Web

{VOA NEWS} – The killing of a gorilla Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo to save a four-year-old boy remains a widely reported story in a 24 hour news cycle that is increasingly driven by social media.

The incident, which was captured on video, has sparked numerous online petitions and an outpouring of expressions on social media ranging from outrage over the killing to support of the zoo’s decision.

“Social media provides a way for people to make their voices heard,” Makana Chock, a Syracuse University social and media psychology expert, told VOA. “Sometimes, this can lead to social movements and societal change, such as protecting an endangered species of gorilla.”

Another communications expert believes conventional media outlets are trying to control the narrative by reporting the facts, but their ability to do so is slipping away. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.