BBC avoidance of the word terror criticized by MPs – again

h/t M

In the wake of the Paris attacks, BBC policy regarding the use of the word terror in its reporting recently came under criticism from British politicians.BBC brick wall

“Two Tory MPs, as well as Labour’s John Mann, have called for a rethink of that policy.

Conservative Andrew Bridgen told the Daily Mail that the phrase “militants” had “the ring of placard waving strikers”.

He added: “The BBC can’t use the ’T’ word because they don’t want to be judgmental, but these are people who are willing to travel half way around the world to commit murder in cold blood.”

That view was echoed by fellow Conservative Philip Davies who said the BBC should “describe things as they are”.

“Are they not wanting to offend the IS terrorists? It is absolutely extraordinary.”

Mr Mann meanwhile said there was “no doubt” or “ambiguity” that the group should be called terrorists.”

Interestingly, the Daily Mail’s article on the topic suggests that some members of the BBC’s staff are of the same opinion.

“Their views are shared by BBC journalists who have privately expressed frustration that they were not able to describe the perpetrators of the recent Paris attacks accurately.

An insider said: ‘It’s inappropriate. Of course we should be allowed to call them terrorists. We just appear out of step with the public.’ […]

BBC sources said that although the rules ‘made a lot of sense’ during the IRA bombings, when they were originally drawn up, they urgently needed redrawing for the current era.

‘I accept that in Northern Ireland, where there are licence fee payers who might not regard Gerry Adams as a terrorist, it was a difficult issue. But I also think it is pretty clear to everyone that IS are terrorists. The guidelines are just silly,’ said a BBC news source.”

Of course this is not the first time that the BBC has come under criticism from MPs on this topic: similar objections were voiced in 2013 in relation to the corporation’s coverage of terror attacks in Kenya and Algeria.

Clearly nothing changed as a result of criticism from UK politicians and any alterations to the long-standing BBC policy on the use of the word terror (which includes double standards that have been in existence for decades) will apparently require the corporation’s funding public to make its views on the matter clear.

Related articles:

BBC Complaints: terror attacks in Jerusalem and Tunisia are “very different”

Radio 4 gives insight into BBC avoidance of the use of the term ‘terror’ in Israel

Mapping the BBC’s inconsistent use of the word ‘terror’

Debate widens on BBC avoidance of the word terrorist

BBC News website does ‘one man’s terrorist’

8 comments on “BBC avoidance of the word terror criticized by MPs – again

  1. It goes well beyond the BBC. It starts at uni where their hard-left lecturers extol the virtues of Irish or Palestinian or 9/11 terrorists and inculcate the “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” creed. Sounds cool until maybe you’re face to face with someone who actually wants to kill you just for being who you are.

  2. The average Beeboid truly believes that every act of indiscriminate terror is the product of a “legitimate grievance” (and so rather than condemn you need to try to understand). They truly cannot grasp the notion that some acts of terror are simply attempts to impose the movement’s power and ideology.

  3. BBC News channel had a guest “extremism expert” on a while ago telling us that we shouldn’t “jump to conclusions” about the attack at the Leytonstone tube station. He said, “after all there are many knife attacks in London all the time”.

    I’m still waiting for somebody at the BBC to draw a comparison with that attack and what’s happening in Israel every day for more than the last month…

  4. If simply using the term terrorism is a problem to bbc and consequently the western world it means the west has reached such a degree of decay and is so decadent that it is almost dead. It has become a 90 years old person! No Medicine can save him any longer!

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