Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hypocrisy, thy name is Reuters

Once again, Reuters demonstrates its rank hypocrisy and mendacity.  In a story on the arrests of 13 Iranians suspected in the killings of Sunni religious leaders, Reuters parrots the Iranian regime -- not once, not twice, but three times -- referring to the suspects as terrorists.  Let's review again, Reuters published and oft-repeated policy for its journalists on use of the word "terrorist" and its derivatives.  First, from its Handbook of Journalism:
We may refer without attribution to terrorism and counter-terrorism in general but do not refer to specific events as terrorism.
Then there's Reuters global news editor Stephen Jukes who, in a memo to correspondents, famously declared
We all know that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter and that Reuters upholds the principle that we do not use the word terrorist.
Apparently, that "principle" only applies when Israel describes attacks against its civilians with the "T"-word.

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