Reporting IS

Pile of Editorial Guidelines

When talking about IS, Editorial Policy advice is that the term Islamic State should be qualified eg “Islamic State group” or “so called Islamic State”, or “self-style Islamic State”, or “Islamic State fighter, militants, extremists” etc. and then as IS in the rest of the bulletin/body of text. Islamist should be used as the adjective to describe extremism linked to groups like this and not Islamic or Islam. We do not use the name Da'esh for IS but we explain it when others use it.

Guidelines on language around terrorism can be found in Sections 11.4.5 and 11.4.6 of the Editorial Guidelines. Specific Guidance can be found here.

Use of Social Media


Social Media imageJust a reminder about guidance on use of social media.

For work purposes, this guidance covers a range of issues such as using social media as a means of engaging with your audience, and avoiding undue prominence.

 For personal use, the basic principle is to not do anything that will bring you or the BBC into disrepute. Further information is available here.

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