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BBC exec: Charlie Hebdo attackers should not be called ‘terrorists’

The front page of the new issue of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled “C’est Reparti” (“Here we go again”), is displayed at a kiosk in Nice February 25, 2015. (Reuters)

Extremist militants who killed 12 people in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris should not be described as “terrorists,” a BBC senior executive told The Independent in an interview published Wednesday.

“Terrorist” as a term is too “loaded” to describe these attackers, Tarik Kafala, the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said.

“We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist. What we try to do is to say that ‘two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine’. That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is,” Kafala explained.

Kafala, whose BBC Arabic television, radio and online news services reach a weekly audience of 36 million people, said: “Terrorism is such a loaded word. The U.N. has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. It is very difficult to. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them. That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden.”

Kafala’s comments are in line with BBC’s editorial guidelines on reporting extremist-linked attacks.

While BBC does not ban the use of the word “terrorist,” it says “we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice.”

BBC guidelines advise on the use of words that specifically describe the perpetrator such as “bomber,” “attacker,” “gunman,” “kidnapper” or “militant.”


BBC under fire for ‘ISIS is fun’ interview

The leftmost picture of Kabir Ahmed was tweeted after his death was announced and the righthand picture shows him arriving at Derby Crown Court in 2012. (Photo courtesy: PA)

The Cowardly BBC Bows to Islam

All about the program whose motto is “Britain is a democracy where we can say what we want. So let’s say it.”

Giulio Meotti

The BBC likes to consider itself a brave broadcasting company when attacking the Catholic Church on sexual abuses (the famous BBC documentary entitled “Sex Crimes and the Vatican” consisted of 38 minutes and 57 seconds of accusations against the Vatican) or when airing a horrible live program from a clinic where doctors perform abortions.

The BBC also likes to depict itself as libertine when proposing “gay friendly entertainment” for its viewers. The CBBC, the branch of the UK public broadcaster in charge of programs for children, has launched a format for the “cultural diffusion of gender diversity”, a euphemism for gay culture.

But when it comes to gays and Islam, “Auntie”, as the British call the broadcaster, is cowardly and bows to sharia.

The British public broadcaster has just been accused of censorship after its Free Speech show, symbolically dedicated to freedom of speech in the UK, banned a part of the program which dealt with homosexuality in the Islamic world. It was to included a clip of an interview with Asifa Lahore, the most famous lesbian Muslim in England: “A question that I would like to submit to the Islamic community is: when will be right to be Muslim and homosexual?”

The question was removed after pressure from the Birmingham Central Mosque. But isn’t this a program whose motto is “Britain is a democracy where we can say what we want. So let’s say it”?

Created by the homosexual Lord Reith and with a program that recognizes equal opportunities for homosexual employees including the right to a marriage leave, the BBC has responded to criticism: “Acting on the basis of respect for the mosque, we took the decision to postpone the debate on the rights of gay Muslims”.

Wow! This is the same media source that does not hesitate to accuse other religions, Jewish and Christian, of “homophobia”, just about every day. It is the same media source that fomented a war against Russia’s Putin on LGTB propaganda.

It is the same BBC that, with the directive “Portrayal of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People”, asked its authors to introduce gay and bisexual characters in children’s programs, “in order to familiarize the young viewers with the world of sexual diversity from an early age, and support children who have to deal with the age of the formation, and that might be homosexual”.  So it is fine to be homosexual, but not homosexual and Muslim.

No one batted an eyelid about the Islamophile censorship. Not the BBC’s liberal left panel, not the Liberal Democrat peers, not the Huffington Post editor, not the left-wing comedians, not even the trans-gender rights activists.

When the BBC introduced gay scenes in the drama “The Buccaneers”, based on a novel by Edith Wharton, historian Paul Johnson attacked the “barbaric louts” of British television. Now those barbarous louts have adopted a policy, to quote the former BBC’s director Mark Thompson, in which “Islam should be treated more sensitively than other religions”.

So, try to remember: it is okay to transmit the musical garbage “Jerry Springer – The Opera”, in which we see Jesus is “a little gay”, but it is not okay to ask uncomfortable questions about gays whow are stoned to death under Sharia law. Now the BBC just needs to host an interview in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad explains that “there are no gays in Iran”.

What better proof that Western gay media and culture, puffed up with political correctness and moral arrogance, is allied with fanatical Islam