Surrender: BBC Arabic and Al Jazeera English want to ban the word “terrorist” from reporting

Is anyone still talking about Charlie Hebdo? I wondered how long the response would last. We saw world leaders come together – well, one was missing — to denounce the violence and stand for free speech.

Everyone was saying this would be the turning point and perhaps finally there would be global and widespread condemnation of militant Islamic jihadism.

Well, the only sustained response has come from the Islamic terrorists themselves– from the Philippines, to Yemen, to Kabul, and just recently in Tripoli. And all you have to do is listen to the words of Turkish President Erdogan, who blamed the cartoonists and the violent protests from across the Islamic world — because you’re not allowed to “mock” Muhammad. And if you didn’t know, that’s one of the traditions of Muhammad, since he killed those who mocked him.

So here we are, what — two, three weeks later after the horrific massacre in Paris? And what is the response from Western media?

Surrender.

As reported by the UK Telegraph, a senior executive at the BBC said “the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris should be not be described as “terrorists” by the BBC as the term is too “loaded.”

“Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said the term “terrorist” was seen as “value-laden” and should not be used to describe the actions of the men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French satirical magazine.”

“We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist,” Mr Kafala told The Independent.“What we try to do is to say that ‘two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine’. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is.” He added: “Terrorism is such a loaded word. The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to.”

The BBC is not alone. The Washington Times reports that “Al Jazeera English executive Carlos van Meek banned his news employees from using words like “terrorist,” “Islamist” and “jihad,” explaining that it’s important to realize that some might take offense — that one person’s idea of terrorism is simply another person’s fight for freedom.”

Yes, one person’s savage beheading of a civilian, is just…well, a savage beheading – but it’s ok, because it’s in the fight for freedom.

It just never ceases to amaze me how the Islamapologists will just break their necks to play nice and not offend the enemy. They’ll come up with the most inane excuses to basically say there’s no reason to refer to the enemy in the manner in which they refer to themselves.

Not only are Islamic terrorists killing us, they’re making us too scared to even call them who they are — the ultimate in forced censorship. How could this happen?

Think of the battles Western civilization has fought against Islamic jihadism. Charles Martel in 732 at the Battle of Tours. The Venetian fleet in 1571 at Lepanto. The Germanic and Polish Knights at the Gates of Vienna in 1683. Or how about a young America which crushed the Barbary pirates of North Africa in the early 1800s? When did we become so cowardly — and folks, that is exactly what this is. Oh, excuse me, not all of us — when did the leadership in the West become so doggone skittish?

“Of the Paris case, Mr Kafala said: “We avoid the word terrorists. It’s a terrorist attack, anti-terrorist police are deployed on the streets of Paris. Clearly all the officials and commentators are using the word so obviously we broadcast that.” Mr Kufala’s stance is in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines on reporting “terrorism” which state: “[The BBC] does not ban the use of the word. “However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice. There are ways of conveying the full horror and human consequences of acts of terror without using the word ‘terrorist’ to describe the perpetrators.”

You gotta be kidding me. It appears the Patriots football team isn’t the only place you’ll find deflated balls.

Folks, if I were the Islamic terrorists, I’d press the attack as well. Weakness is so enticing and has a sweet aroma for those who sense fear. Can any of you imagine Sir Winston Churchill going on the air during the Battle of Britain and imploring the Brits not to speak ill of the Nazis?

“The value judgements frequently implicit in the use of the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorist group’ can create inconsistency in their use or, to audiences, raise doubts about our impartiality. “It may be better to talk about an apparent act of terror or terrorism than label individuals or a group.” When reporting an attack, the BBC guidelines say it should use words, which specifically describe the perpetrator such as “bomber”, “attacker”, “gunman”, “kidnapper” or “militant.”

In other words, try to find anything to call the enemy something palatable — not to the enemy, but for us. This goes beyond PC, it is abject dismissal and reflects a cowardly reticence to confront the “boogeyman.”

Some say we don’t need to define the enemy. Then how do you defeat them when you refuse to acknowledge the ideology that fuels them and is the core of their belief system? When Western media outlets run away in fear and report in a fearful manner, we will never see the enemy for who they are – because the media reports are in effect censored.

What this means is that the Islamic jihadists are winning the propaganda and information war.

You want an example of how insidiously pandering we appear? Read this closing statement: “A BBC spokesman said: “There is no BBC ban on the word ‘terrorist’, as can be seen from our reporting of the terrorist attack in Paris, though we prefer a more precise description if possible – the Head of BBC Arabic was simply reflecting BBC editorial guidelines and making a general point about the nuances of broadcasting internationally.”

There is no nuance when someone is being beheaded — and there should be no nuance in reporting such savage and barbaric behavior.

71 COMMENTS

  1. My question is… what freedom are they fighting for? The freedom to murder non-Muslims? The freedom to oppress women? The freedom to control every aspect of everyones life?

  2. “There is no BBC ban on the word ‘terrorist’, as can be seen from our
    reporting of the terrorist attack in Paris, though we prefer a more
    precise description if possible”… how about this, for a more ‘precise’ description: ‘Filthy islamic jihadist goat humping scum terroists’. I believe that would be much more precise.

  3. Dumbing down ready for the take over by the Islamic terrorists, there is no way these people are freedom fighters, they are murderers pure and simple.

  4. The “African Americans” in the USA have forbidden the use of the “N” word – that’s censorship … !!! and we all obey their demand!

    • African American is a term, designated by blacks, to have yet, another “deviancy” option, available to their list of hyphenated identifiers, that helps manipulate their “woe is me, the po’ black boy syndrome”.
      The “n” word is the ace of spades in the race card deck.
      And, like those muslim pukes, they want adherence to the comic book koran, as if this is a muslim country. And so islam is nothing more than a treason, to that lap bastard mohammed, as of he had any purpose.
      So, for all intent and purpose, I am seeing a filthy, pathetic, and ignorant likeness between muslim pieces of human inconvenience and the blacks who are both irresponsible, and lacking moral and ethical guides based on theirc”woe is me vuz im black” tears……

      • Yep and very few of them have ever been in Africa. ANYONE who hyphenates “American” is ashamed of BEING one!

    • One solution is to stop paying for cable that airs Al Jazeera. You give Dish/comcast/infinity your money then you are helping the terrorists!

  5. Gotta love Allen’s sources. UK Telegraph. ” The personal links between the paper’s editors and the leadership of the Conservative Party, along with the paper’s generally right wing stance and influence over Conservative activists, have resulted in the paper commonly being referred to, especially in Private Eye, as theTorygraph.”

    Curtis, Bryan (25 October 2006). “Strange days at the Daily Telegraph”. Slate.com. Retrieved 2 May 2010.

    Talk about “unbiased” source!

      • “Sometimes people do not want to hear the truth, because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” Nietzsche

        I’ll stick with Nietzsche, thank you. High, Flower!

    • “AS IF”……..Al Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the MSM “aren’t” biassed towards the left and the communist party?

      • Show me the proof. I claim nothing about the media outlets you cite. I’m just questioning Allen’s dependence on ONE source. i subscribe to multiple media outlets. Libertarian, Liberal, Conservative, Right wing and Ultra-Right wing. I prefer to make my OWN decisions based on on a wide variety of media sources. I’m no lemming and i am no Kool-Aid drinker. I make my decisions based on media sources across the political board.

  6. No Mr West If our leaders and weak minded media propaganda machine in this country do not wake up and we cannot turn things around in 2016, there is a core of people in this country that still have the spirit and the resolve to fight till the last drop of blood in our veins has been spilled. I don’t know who will win but in the end there will not be one true Christian American living. Because we will die before we submit to Islam and Sharia. I would personally put my granddaughters down before I let animals lay hands on them.

      • No. Unfettered abortion in the Black community (and the White community) – taught as a good thing and paid for by Elites and communists calling themselves “democrats” – is. And folks like YOU (if you ARE Black, which I doubt) ain’t learned nothin’ since the mid 60s about how you’re being used and your population growth effectively controlled by those lying scum…

      • We are all being used by both political parties YOU IDIOT! You LOONS are just too stupid to know it!! You LOONS are the ones that believe the myths. You loons are the ones that care more about SYMBOLIC votes than things getting done for the american people!!!

      • And you’ve decided I don’t know that? You’ve also decided there’s no population control being foisted on American Blacks in the abortion clinics across America? My, my. You really are a moron, aren’t you? You just cannot get past your agenda-driven psychosis to try and have a sensible conversation or LEARN something, can you? Don’t preach worn out rhetoric to me. Address an ISSUE directly, or stop wasting my time. Doesn’t it bother you AT ALL to let your STUPID hang out for EVERYONE to see…?

    • Undoubtedly Pam, you do not believe or have not read the Bible…evil does not win! Oh yeah, there will be wars and trouble for us, but the ”bad guys” Lose!!!!

      • I have indeed read the KJV Bible and 1599 Geneva Bible, plus many other books on the subject. I was not having a religious discussion. Of course Lucifer will be conquered and sin will be destroyed forever. However my Bible reads about much strife, trials and tribulations before the end. I must have missed the chapter that assured us the United States of America would no have any of this violence or choices of faith to make. I do believe that the Bible does infer that most of the worst will be in the middle eastern countries. Could you please quote me the chapter and verse that America will be untouched by these events?

      • Unless you know “who” and where many of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel are, and that satan, as the antichrist comes before Christ, you won’t understand Pam. Just remember and know that GOD takes care of HIS own!

      • Pam, Believers will be “taken up/raptured” before the Tribulation starts, the dead in Christ first. As a Believer, if you are, you should be trusting The LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths straight. Trust in Him and fear not. Get right with God….read 2 Chronicles 7:14. God bless.

      • Sandy, we don’t know for certain when the Rapture will occur. After studying scripture for nearly 50 years, I believe it will be mid-Trib. Yeshua wants a Bride who is purified by fire.

      • Sandy, I do not believe in the” rapture” I do however believe that there will be the 144,000 ,that will not see death as stated in Revelation , and be translated by Christ when he does return. I am confident in Gods promise. There is no need to instruct me, I am a Seventh Day Adventist. Since you believe in the rapture I would say you are Baptist. Free will has been given by God to choose our own path to him. Mine is set , I keep Gods Sabbath Holy. I respect your right to believe as your heart tells you. One of my favorite books, that I happen to be rereading ,is Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith. It’s a old book, printed in 1944. It to me is a work of art. It does not cherry pick and backs up every paragraph with chapter and verse. May God bless you also.

      • Pam, yes, there IS need to instruct you. If you keep Sabbath, why don’t you keep the Lord’s Feasts? They are COMMANDED for us to keep. Yeshua said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” You follow half the Bible and your church is way off base, sorry :-

      • Because I am not Jewish. I am Christian. Jesus died on the cross because no human can live up to God law, The Ten Commandments. All of the ritual of the Jewish nation was put into place as a way of atonement till Jesus lived and died fulling and doing away with that law. God wrote the Law with his own hand in stone. Moses wrote the Jewish laws in a book. Jesus fulfilled them and they are no longer in force. You cannot follow half the Bible because one half is the promise of a savior of mankind and the second is the fulfillment of that promise. There is not one word in the law of God that commands feast days. You are trying to fuse your Jewish heritage with the Christian and it is not possible. One day we shall see what God sees in our hearts because no man knows. In Faith I walk my path, As you must walk yours, may we all meet in Christ.

      • Okay, I was an Atheist. A Great Uncle was SDA. I hated all churches and did not believe in God and if there was one he was too cruel to follow. My Grandmother was a Baptist. Hell fire and brimestone. Can not stand all that shouting gloom and doom. Step mother was Methodist I attended that church as a child. Don’t remember much about it, must have been very vanilla because I remember the Baptist. Girl friends were LDS and Catholic . All convinced me I wanted no part of this God.
        I attended a revelation series that the SDA was putting on and I saw a God that I could relate to and a calm service that is full of hope and love. Now having said that, I do not believe in modern day prophets. After Jesus there was to be no more. I haven’t read much of Ellen White, she was a dedicated woman of her time I guess but not for me. I follow God and not mens laws. I agree the Church has become obsessed with some of the things that the Jews struggled with. A vegan diet is very healthy and SDA has very low cancer rates. Their diet has nothing to do with killing animals. Of course Loma Linda is in CA and there is nothing right about that state. Jesus tells us that what goes in the mouth and exits the body has nothing to do with salvation. On the other hand we are to treat our bodies as a temple. I am not a vegan, I don’t think it is important. The idea of unclean animals was the fact that God made certain animals to clean up waste. If you will think about it or research it the forbidden foods were those animals. Leave God out of the Bible and what you can get from it is a healthy way of life. So maybe instead of saying that I am SDA I should have said that I was awakened to God through that church. The historic church was busy trying to conquer the world through murder , the inquisition and other crimes until the reformation. The reason that I lean toward what I have read is because it can be referenced in various materials and makes sense to me. I think that people that have faith in the blood of Jesus and confess their sin and try to live a good life will be saved. I don’t think labels have a thing to do with it. They will come from many ” Churches” . As for the others that you mention, I have not attended but can tell they are not for me. Don’t worry about brain washing children, except CA, my kids are anti SDA. I don’t care as long as they find God. In fact I don’t think it matters to God if you attend church, it is just a building. His church is people, it is advised to fellowship with Gods people for strength in your beliefs( my words). The SDA you are describing is alien to me.

      • Sounds like you believe in the Jehovas Witness notion of soul sleep also. Why is the SDA and Jehova’s Witnesses so close together on their scewed theology?

    • Pam, we already know the end and God gave us the “victory”. God is in control and these ‘times’ call for putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6).

  7. When i listen to bbc they constantly use the terms islamist, jihadist, or extremist, or even islamic jihadist. The crazy thing is that 80% of what they report is about islamist violence and yet they had the audacity to call the anti islamist marchers in Germany racists. What a screwed up society we now live among.

  8. Not calling these terrorists what they are is the same thing that is going on in the US with the MSM calling illegal aliens illegal immigrants. There is not one immigrant in all of the millions of them that Obama wants to hand green cards and jobs too but the MSM must be politically correct at all times.

    • they’re not even calling them illegal immigrants anymore. Now they’re “undocumented workers”. SMH. MSM is really obamaos “pravda”. And actually the real “Pravda” has said “what the hell are you Americans doing electing a communist president? Don’t do like what WE did,etc.”

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