Using the word ‘terrorist’

A while ago, Aljazeera ran a segment on one of its channels explaining why it refrains from using the word terrorist when describing individuals or groups, the reason being these persons could be considered freedom fighters by other people. Which is true, ISIS are the freedom fighters and heroes of some people, where do you stand on them though? Terrorism is a major global issue, if your position on terrorists, or entities you think are not terrorists, is murky, then  your intentions and methods of presenting news must be questioned. We are not obligated to have a stance on everything, but, if you’re a news portal, you should be clear on terrorists and terrorism. Whom you consider terrorists and whom you consider freedom fighters say a lot about you as an individual and as a journalist. If you want to join the other side, it’s ok, but wool coats should not be accepted in journalism.


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