Anorak

Anorak | BBC removes ‘terror’ in the language of the Westminster ‘attack’

BBC removes ‘terror’ in the language of the Westminster ‘attack’

by | 29th, March 2017

When Khalid Masood drove his car into scores of people on Westminster Bridge with the intention of killing them and then murdered a policeman, the media was quick to call it an act of terrorism.

Massod is dead, which means we will never know why he did it. All we can do is to speculate. We’d like to find a cause for his heinous crimes. It would offer us comfort, enable us to explain everything and thereby work out how to avoid future episodes. Was Masood driven by a cause? Was he a violent man who found a cause that gave him opportunity to commit murder?

Which leads into how we label Masood. For some days, Masood has been a “terrorist”. He is now an “attacker”. Michael Rosen

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow



Posted: 29th, March 2017 | In: News Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink