WATCH: ‘60 Minutes’ Defends Decision to Show Sarin Attack

In a move that both teases the episode and justifies its reason to air it, CBS’ “60 Minutes” has released a new video explaining its decision to air correspondent Scott Pelley’s new segment about a sarin gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus in 2013.

Called “A Crime Against Humanity,” the episode airs at 7 p.m. April 19 and, Pelley explains, is necessary viewing for anyone who wants to truly understand the travesty that took the lives of an estimated 1,429 civilians (many of whom where children).

While “60 Minutes” has not shied away from covering the consequences of war and upheaval — witness correspondent Lara Logan’s 2011 interview in which she recounted her sexual assault while covering Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt — the upcoming broadcast is another in a recent example of television journalists’ struggles to find ways to report on horrific events without scaring those ill-equipped to handle gruesome images. In February, Fox News chose to air a video of the burning of a Jordanian pilot held hostage by ISIS on its website as opposed to showing it on air. Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, told Variety last fall that “it’s clear that these videos are having a big impact on different countries, on government policy, on overseas policy, and it’s not for CNN to say therefore viewers shouldn’t see them.”

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