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March 30, 2011
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Reuters: Using term ‘terrorist’ could endanger reporters
In the wake of the slaughter of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar, many media outlets, including Reuters, Associated Press, CNN, and other news agencies have referred to the perpetrators of this obscene slaughter by biased, inaccurate and misleading terms like ‘militants’ and a host of other terms, like ‘activists,’ ‘suspects’ and ‘gunmen.’ The ZOA has urged these media outlets to cease referring to such murderers as ‘militant’ and call them what they are, terrorists. In contrast, Reuters refused to call even the attack itself a terrorist act but instead called it a “Palestinian strike.” In response to an inquiry by the Israel daily, Yediot Ahronot, Reuters said that “it is not up to Reuters to say who carried out attack” (Aviel Magnezi, ‘Terror in J’lem? “Palestinian strike,” Reuters says,’ Yediot Ahronot, March 25, 2011).
The ZOA notes that this misleading language, which whitewashes terrorists, continues to be used in much reportage, not only by Reuters. In recent weeks alone, Associated Press has referred to Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and the murder of Jews (Article 7) and which has murdered hundreds of Israelis in acts of suicide bombing, as the “militant Islamic Hamas group,” while CNN has referred to Hamas as “Palestinian militants,” even though the U.S. formally labels Hamas terrorists by including it on the U.S. terrorism list. In another report, CNN said that the Israeli military was searching in connection with the Itamar murders for an “intruder,” though the official Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement said soldiers were searching for the terrorist who carried out the murders.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “People who deliberately murder and maim civilians are terrorists, not militants. Militants are strong activists, not murderers. It is an outrage that Reuters has gone even further and refused to even call an act of terrorism multiple murder a terrorist act, but a ‘Palestinian strike.’
“Using inappropriate terms like ‘militants’ sanitizes the terrorists and taints those who fight them. It also tends to even legitimize those who murder men, women and even children. In the case of Hamas, we are speaking of an organization that, even much of the world, including the U.S. and European governments, list as a terrorist group. To call Hamas and other such groups terrorists is objective and factual and labels them properly.
“News agencies using the term ‘militants’ sometimes say they are being objective and claim that ‘terrorists’ is too emotive. Actually ‘terrorists’ precisely describes the people in question. The fact that we might have a visceral reaction to the fact of terrorism does not disqualify the use of the right term to describe it.
“But in any case, the agencies are not truthful when they claim objectivity. When, in 2004, CanWest Global Communications Corp., Canada’s largest newspaper chain, altered news agency copy to restore the word ‘terrorist’ to reports describing terrorist acts, Reuters, a leading purveyor of euphemistic reportage on terror, complained. Why? Its global managing editor, David Schlesinger, expressed concern that ‘serious consequences’ could follow if ‘people in the Mideast’ were to believe that Reuters calls such people ‘terrorists.’
“What more proof could one be given that the people concerned are terrorists than the fact that if one labels them terrorists, they might kill you? If reporters are endangered by telling the truth, that itself is a news story that should be covered, not a threat that should corrupt professional practice.
“The Los Angeles Times, in a prominent and lengthy front page article about the ZOA and myself, referred to me in the headline as ‘militant,’ because a militant should only be defined as someone who is a strong advocate for a cause, not someone who has advocated or committed murder. A terrorist is not merely a strong activist – he is a murderer. The murderers in Itamar were terrorists, not activists.
“The ZOA urges the media to stop referring to murderers and terrorists as ‘militants’ and other such whitewashing terms which avoid telling us the truth of who and what these people really are.”