"BBC staff were also cautioned against using library images suggesting the cleric is overweight, because he has 'lost a lot of weight.'"
Don't call him fat, and don't even think of calling him extremist (actually he is devout). Can you imagine? The left is always looking for pictures of those of us on the right that make us look as horrible as possible. I have seen photos of myself in the media that I don't recognize. This is beyond the pale.
I knew things were bad already, but this is a good example of just how bad they are. It's funny. Deadly but funny.
Giving notorious jihadists the royal treatment. Even Kim Kardashian doesn't get such consideration.
BBC tells its staff: don’t call Qatada extremist The Telegraph (hat tip David W)
The BBC has told its journalists not to call Abu Qatada, the al-Qaeda preacher, an “extremist”.
Abu Qatada, the Islamic extremist, in one of the images banned by the BBC
By Neil Midgley and James Kirkup
9:08PM GMT 07 Feb 2012
In order to avoid making a “value judgment”, the corporation’s managers have ruled that he can only be described as “radical”.
Journalists were also cautioned against using images suggesting the preacher is overweight.
A judge ruled this week that the Muslim preacher, once described as “Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe”, should be released from a British jail, angering ministers and MPs.
Adding to the row, Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, yesterday insisted that Qatada “has not committed any crime” and said his release has nothing to do with the European Court of Human Rights.
A British court has called Qatada a “truly dangerous individual” and even his defence team has suggested he poses a “grave risk” to national security.
Despite that background, BBC journalists were told they should not describe Qatada as an extremist. The guidance was issued at the BBC newsroom’s 9.00am editorial meeting yesterday, chaired by a senior manager, Andrew Roy.
According to notes of the meeting, seen by The Daily Telegraph, journalists were told: “Do not call him an extremist – we must call him a radical. Extremist implies a value judgment.”