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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
AP: Journalists Should Avoid Using Words ‘Pro-life,’ ‘Terrorist,’ or ‘Migrant’ In News Stories
(CNS News) - The Associated Press Stylebook, published by the Associated Press to provide reporting and language guidelines for journalists, has released a 2017 version that instructs journalists to refrain from using terms like "pro-life," "migrant," "refugee," "Islamist" and "terrorist” in their writing.
In her July 9 article, “How the AP Stylebook censors 'pro-life' and other conservative words,” published in The Hill, Rachel Alexander points out the obvious bias in the AP Stylebook.
“More often than not, style writers have been more interested in censoring conservative words while promoting language that liberals tend to favor,” said Alexander. “That's been especially true of the AP Stylebookpublished by The Associated Press. It's unfortunate, because that's the guide most journalists rely upon.”
Alexander points out that the Stylebook instructs journalists to change "pro-life" to "anti-abortion," because the AP Stylebook says to "[u]se anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice.”
The Stylebook also says to avoid using the term abortionist because it “connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions.”
When it comes to words regarding terrorism, the Stylebook instructs journalists to use the terms “Militant,” “lone wolves,” or “attackers” instead of “terrorist” or “Islamist.”
The Stylebook also suggests that instead of using the term “migrant” or “refugee,” "people struggling to enter Europe” should be used.
In addition, the Stylebook deemed the terms "Illegal immigrant" and "undocumented" as unacceptable.