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BBC Rejects Calls to Use the Word “Terrorist”

BBC management said it doesn’t want to make “value judgments”:

The BBC has rejected a call made by an independent panel studying charges of bias in its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change its editorial policies on the use of the word “terrorist” and appoint a senior editor to oversee its Middle East coverage.
Using the word “terrorist” to describe attacks on civilians, BBC management argued in a paper released June 19, would make the “very value judgments” it had been asked to eschew.
An independent panel in May found the BBC’s reporting from Israel did “not consistently constitute a full and fair account of the conflict but rather, in important respects, presents an incomplete and in that sense misleading picture.”

It’s not a value judgment — it’s a matter of using the correct word to describe the indiscriminate murder of civilians for the purpose of terrorizing the populace in the pursuit of political ends.
FLASHBACK: Britain’s Ministry of Truth

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