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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BBC TELLS STAFF TO AVOID USING THE TERM "TERRORIST" DURING COVERAGE OF KENYA MALL SIEGE


The BBC has come under fire for referring to the perpetrators of the Kenyan shopping mall massacre as 'militants' rather than 'terrorists'.

In coverage of the violence at the Westgate mall in Nairobi which has killed more than 60 the Corporation's journalists have repeatedly described the attackers as 'Islamic militants'.

It is understood that BBC guidance issued to staff tells them to avoid using the term 'terrorist' without attribution, but politicians have reacted with anger to the choice of language.

In four news bulletins this morning, Neal Sleat, newsreader on Radio 4's today programme, did not use the word 'terrorist' once.

Instead he referred to the culprits as 'Islamic militants', while reporters on the BBC website describes those responsible as 'suspected al-Shabab militants'.


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1 comment:

  1. they wont label them terrerists because they the bbc have forgotten their obligation to the public and have buckled under the tirreny of those that say we now have no rights as soverien people in our own nations.

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