Thursday, January 26, 2006

BBC and the "I" word

I see the BBC has no qualms about using the word “Islamic” today. Under the headline Hamas 'secures stunning victory' (*):
There are strong indications that the Islamic militant group Hamas has won a stunning victory in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Earlier this month, the BBC reported on the arrest of a man in connection with the shooting dead of a retired professor in India:
…police had information that he was a leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group in southern India.”
If you wanted to find out what that militant group was all about you had to look elsewhere. I did - in the Voice of America report on the same story:
Police say he is a key operative in southern India of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, a frontline Pakistan-based Islamic group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.
It will be interesting to see if the BBC drops the “I” word following the next Hamas terrorist attack.

(*)Update. The BBC has tempered its initial enthusiasm for the Hamas victory and removed the word “stunning” (adj. colloq. extremely impressive or attractive). The report now reads:
Hamas sweeps to election victory

Islamic militant group Hamas has won a surprise victory in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections
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2 Comments:

Anonymous TAoL said...

Don't forget all those plumbers who have been arrested recently.

And those first-cousin marriages.

And who or what caused those Indonesian girls' heads to fall off like that?

Nary an M or an I word to be seen. The Beeb doesn't want to frighten the horses, does it.

6:40 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Too right, TAoL.

Just watching coverage of the Palestinians fighting each other. I wonder how many guns Galloway's Celebrity Big Brother donation will buy?

10:10 pm  

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