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No terrorists please, we are British

BBC violated its policy of not calling terrorists as terrorists. It headlined its report of Thursday’s bombings in Londonistan as ‘ London rocked by terror attacks’. Its editorial guidelines state the following:

The word "terrorist" itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding. We should try to avoid the term, without attribution.

BBC followed its policy when it reported the attack on the Ram temple at Ayodhya. Instead of placing a barrier to understanding the issue, it aided our understanding by calling the attackers as gunmen.

Indian police have killed five gunmen who attacked a flashpoint religious site in the northern city of Ayodhya.
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The Ayodhya complex is one of the most fiercely disputed religious sites in the world…

That was from the July 10, SABHA 4 M Report. There are some Indians too who think that the word terrorist should not be used to describe terrorists.

Update: BBC listens to Teesta. The word “terrorist” is erased and the barrier to understanding has been removed.

5 Responses to No terrorists please, we are British

  1. Madan July 10, 2005 at 9:34 pm #

    When in London, call them attackers
    When in [akistan, call them liberators
    When in India, call them fundamentalists
    When will the world realize, that everywhere it is the same ‘people’ who get killed
    whats in a name?

  2. Jatin July 11, 2005 at 2:58 pm #

    Its not just the BBC, a number of international news outlets have in the past immediately classified attacks on western soil as terrorist attacks, its nothing new and is expected.

    Btw have become a regular reader of you blog, blogrolled you today.

  3. Prasoon July 12, 2005 at 8:07 am #

    Chill and get yoursellf right..
    For heaven’s sake – Understand.

  4. JK July 12, 2005 at 11:15 am #

    Prasoon, understand what?

  5. Nitin July 16, 2005 at 6:54 am #

    JK,

    Glad I saw your post. I was about to post on the same.

    Btw, I noticed that the word “terrorist” translates to “militant” in Indian English. The establishment is using it. I guess it’s a hangover from the Punjab days.

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