A senior news source was quoted as saying the decision boils down to one phrase ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter’ – a phrase most often used by supporters of Islamic terror groups.
The head of BBC Arabic, Tarik Kafala, says, terrorism is too “loaded” a term to describe what happened (in an Islamic terrorist attack).
Times of Israel (h/t Sara S) The British Broadcasting Corporation has decided to stop using the word “terror” in order to avoid being perceived as being biased against Muslims (the main source of terrorism around the word) in its reporting, the Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday.
The report quoted “well-placed BBC sources” as saying the worldwide network’s management is “eager to report terror attacks consistently, regardless of the terrorist’s political ideology.” Instead of calling all incidents “terror attacks” and risk accusations of anti-Muslim bias, the BBC will be changing its editorial policy to remove the word “terror” from its lexicon unless it is contained in a direct quote.
The world’s largest broadcast news operation has come under criticism in the past, accused of bias in reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for not calling attacks terrorism, and for suppressing a 2004 internal inquiryinto its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Conservative member of parliament Andrew Bridgen criticized the reported move to stop calling attacks “terrorism,” telling the Daily Mail that “the BBC should not try to sanitize the Islam-linked behavior of terrorists by not calling it out.”
BBC editorial guidelines already require journalists to avoid using the terms “terrorist” and “terrorism” in their reporting, saying reporters “should consider how our use of language will affect our (Muslim) reputation for objective journalism.”
“If they don’t want to use [the word terror] then they’re failing in their public service duty which is to be clear and accurate,” David Green, CEO of Civitas, a democracy think tank, told the Times.