AP Stylebook Revises Definition of 'Islamist'

Islamistby Jorge Rivas, Colorlines, 4/8/2013

Last week the Associated Press made national headlines when they announced they would no longer recommend journalists using their Stylebook to identify undocumented immigrants in the U.S. as "illegal immigrants." But there was another update to the Stylebook that advocates say will help present Muslims in the news in a more positive light.

Earlier this year the Council on American-Islamist Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, urged media outlets to drop the term Islamist because they said the term had become shorthand for "Muslims we don’t like."

"It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term ‘extremist,’ giving it an even more negative slant," CAIR argued in an op-ed published in January.

Last Thursday the AP moved to disassociate the term "Islamist" from its negative connotations with "Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists." (Full article)


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