Dec
14
2014

Update: NPR Doesn't Ban 'Torture'–but Offers Euphemisms to Use in Its Place

Abu Ghraib prisoner

This is an update to "Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers" (FAIR Blog, 12/12/14). As Romenesko (12/12/14) points out, NPR's ethics department has been issuing guidance on the use of the word "torture." The first memo, issued August 8, cites a message from then-NPR vice president for news Ellen Weiss, written in November 2009: Contrary to some commentaries, NPR did not ban the word "torture." Rather, we gave our journalists guidance about how to avoid loaded language about interrogation techniques, realizing that no matter what words are chosen, we risk the appearance of taking one side […]

Dec
12
2014

Refusing to Take Sides, NPR Takes Sides With Torture Deniers

Blood trails at Abu Ghraib.

National Public Radio, following the lead of the Washington Post, tries to avoid applying the word "torture" in its own voice when covering US torture.