BBC reports Christmas Day attack by Al Shabab; fails to mention they're Islamic jihadists

Usual BBC strategy in whitewashing Islamism is to bury any references to Islam far down the story. But if, as in this case, completely excising all references to Islamic groups perpetrating terrorism is the shape of things to come, we may be entering an entirely new phase

by Media Hawk on 25 December 2014 14:43

At least the BBC is consistent...in its utter dishonesty, its slavishness to political correctness, and its complete abandonment of basic journalistic standards.

In its report (retrieved here at 14.47 GMT, December 25) on the jihadist terror group Al-Shabab's attack on Christmas Day on the African Union's main military base near Mogadishu airport in Somalia, Britain's state broadcaster -- one of the most influential media outlets in the world -- censored out all references to the fact that the group is Islamic, Islamist, jihadist or linked to Al-Qaeda.

Not one single word!

Any reader -- and that is most of them -- who did not already know what Al-Shabab stood for would have been left completely in the dark. All the report said was that the group are "militants" and that, "Various armed groups have been battling for control of Somalia since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991."

The usual strategy of the BBC (see this) in whitewashing Islamism is to bury any references to Islam lower down the story than most readers will bother getting to. But if, as in this case, completely excising all references to Islamic groups perpetrating terrorism is the shape of things to come, we may be entering an entirely new phase.

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