Libya Attack and Public Relations

Last week, J. Christopher Stevens died in Libya when rebels stormed the American consulate. I’m sure many of us have read the stories, seen the videos, and been caught up on the tragedy at hand. However, what some of you may not realize is that this is a very hard thing to deal with for our government’s public affairs people.

First things first, communication in times like this is very important and the distance between the United States and Libya adds extra difficulty. The consulate’s public affairs had to communicate with the press and each other in the midst of all this chaos. I can only imagine how challenging this was for them.

Although it’s hard to tell who is managing the public relations for this tragedy, I think they have done a decent job so far. The information was put out publicly fairly quickly and updates have been regularly announced.

I think that more statements need to come out about how this will be stopped in the future, but thus far, I think the PR team behind this has done a good job.

The Libyan side has also practiced public relations, when Libyan leader, Mohammed Magarief, apologized to the United States for the attack. Magarief’s statement, “”We apologize to the United States, the people and to the whole world for what happened,”does not change what happened, but it doesn’t deny it either. I think it’s good that he was transparent about the situation.

My heart goes out to those affected by the attacks.

 

ImageHere’s some articles that I got information from for this post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/libya-attack-leader-apologizes_n_1876711.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/us-envoy-to-libya-is-reported-killed.html?pagewanted=all

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About mmcleven

I'm Margaret Clevenger, a current student at Syracuse University.
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