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14 July 2005

BBC Edits Out The Word Terrorist

Telegraph News - BBC edits out the word terrorist
By Tom Leonard, Filed: 12/07/2005

The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as 'terrorists', it was disclosed yesterday.

Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as 'bombers'.

The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the 'careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments'.

Consequently, 'the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding' and its use should be 'avoided', the guidelines say.

Rod Liddle, a former editor of the Today programme, has accused the BBC of 'institutionalised political correctness' in its coverage of British Muslims.

A BBC spokesman said last night: 'The word terrorist is not banned from the BBC.'"
If tonight's six o'clock news is anything to go by, the BBC have certainly relaxed this brief period of self-control rather considerably based on what the authorities still only 'believe' to be true.

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