Language when Reporting Terrorism
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Last updated: October 2010
Editorial Guidelines Issues
This guidance note should be considered in conjunction with the following Editorial Guidelines:
- War, Terror and Emergencies
Summary of Main Points
- There is no agreed consensus on what constitutes a terrorist or terrorist act. The use of the word will frequently involve a value judgement.
- As such, we should not change the word "terrorist" when quoting someone else, but we should avoid using it ourselves
- This should not mean that we avoid conveying the reality and horror of a particular act; rather we should consider how our use of language will affect our reputation for objective journalism
- In a digital age, it is no longer possible to assume an easy split between domestic and overseas audiences.