Egypt Bans Reporters' Use Of ISIS Terminology

Egypt's Foreign Ministry has issued a new style guide for media coverage of terrorism. It bans the use of the words "ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State." It instructs reporters not to use any religious based terms when referring to terrorist groups, including "jihadists", "Islamists" or "fundamentalists." Reporters cannot refer to leaders of these groups with the label "Sheikh" or "Emir."

How are reporters supposed to refer to the groups? The guide says the acceptable terms include "terrorists, extremists, criminals, murderers, savages, slaughterers, assassins, radicals, fanatics, rebels" and a few others.

You can read the new rules here.

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    Can they just refer to them as.... (none / 0) (#1)
    by unitron on Wed Jul 08, 2015 at 02:20:27 AM EST
    ..."They who may not be named", so that the readers will know that ISIS is specifically being reported on, and not just some random terrorists or extremists?

    They don't think it matters? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Steve13209 on Thu Jul 09, 2015 at 08:30:04 AM EST
    That all terrorists and criminals are the same? Are terrorists defined as groups that oppose the government? The new Egyptian govt does appear to be that type of regime.

    I Think the Point... (none / 0) (#3)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Jul 09, 2015 at 09:45:34 AM EST
    ...is to stop associating their religion with the maniacs.  Like not calling Phelps a christian or a preacher.

    Seems like something they should probably go about in a different way, like encouraging people not to do it rather than forbidding it.