‘Terror’ at the BBC

December 21, 2005 12:05 by

The Guardian reports that the BBC has issued new guidelines to journalists on using the word “terror” in reports:

The new guidance has been sent out internally and tells journalists: “The guidelines do not ban the use of the word. However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice. There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word ‘terrorist’ to describe the perpetrators.”….

The new guidance suggested using words such as “bomb attack” instead, or “bomber” or “assassin”.

It concluded: “This is an issue of judgement … If you do decide to use the word ‘terrorist’ do so sparingly, having considered what is said above, and take advice from senior editors.”

See the policy up to now here.

(Hat tip: Tom Gross)

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