Terrorists thrive on terror, obviously. They know that we fear them, and they use that to their advantage. We give terrorist attacks so much attention because they are horrible events that deserve news coverage in order for a nation to heal, but this attention also lets the terrorists know that they have affected us once again.
Terrorists receive too much attention. They seek to inflict terror on people to force changes, such as restricting freedom and hurting economies. This is done by attention grabbing events such as killing a priest. If we do not give them the attention, they will not be as incentivized. That is why the recent decision by the French newpaper Le Monde to stop publishing pictures of terrorists is a good one.
Terrorists want us to remember them and be afraid of them. If we give them attention we are fueling that fire. We have given terrorists way too much attention and we need to stop giving them attention. What the French newspaper is doing is a step in the right direction.
No, the media does not give terrorists too much attention because these outlets are publishing news that is relevant and currently plaguing society. Publishing pictures of terrorists is important because it keeps the public informed about the dangers of the world. Masking the reality is not a positive strategy to minimize glorifying terrorists.