Change the vocabulary around terrorism

A new #WordsMatter campaign has been launched by a number of terrorist attack survivors to change the vocabulary around terrorism. In a series of short films to be broadcast on social media, the campaigners argue that describing terrorist attackers as a ‘lone wolf’ or ‘mastermind’ only serves to glorify them and urges the media to use dispassionate language and avoid publishing images of terrorists in combat gear and using war terminology such as ‘soldier’, which legitimises them. The video clips include survivors from attacks including London 7/7, the Manchester Arena bombing, Westminster Bridge, and the Bataclan nightclub attack in Paris. The films have been produced by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, set up in memory of the two child victims of the 1993 IRA bomb attack in Warrington, which has also helped compile a Counter-Daesh dictionary.


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