As readers no doubt recall, when a vehicular and stabbing attack took place in London last month, the BBC made appropriate use of the word terror in its reports on the story.
In contrast, the word terror is consistently absent from reports concerning similar acts of terrorism that take place in Israel.
A member of the corporation’s funding public, Mr Neil Turner, wrote to the BBC to ask them to explain that lack of consistency in the use of the term terror. The reply he received includes the following (emphasis added):
“Thank you for getting in touch about our report on the attack carried out on Westminster Bridge in London and please accept our apologies for the delay in our response.
The BBC sets out clear parameters on how terms such as “terrorist” might be used:
Where there is an ongoing geopolitical conflict – as in the Middle East…
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