Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The British government's HUGE list of restricted speech for journalists

All allegedly aimed at fostering community cohesion. If they were really concerned about community cohesion they would not have let in huge numbers of culturally incompatible immigrants. Just a few excerpts from the speech code below. Even "itinerant" is incorrect. And did you realise that "Moslem" is offensive?
"Words matter. Say what you mean to say Mistakes can mislead public opinion and stir up social unrest. So, being accurate is not just a matter of being politically correct. It is important to know what terms are appropriate to describe particular groups within the population. The following will be helpful.

Non-white. Except in a statistical context, this is a term best avoided since it somewhat discourteously describes people of black and Asian backgrounds as what they are not, rather than what they are. Similarly, the term `non-Christian' is to be avoided.

Ethnic. This should not be used only of non-white people. We are all `ethnic'. It is not a noun and the term `ethnics' should be avoided. Refer to minority ethnic communities or groups or, for short, to ethnic minorities. Indian, Pakistani etc.

Terms used principally of people of the nationality of the countries in question. If the person is, in fact British, it is better to refer to them as `of Pakistani background' or `Pakistani British' or `British Pakistani'.

Black is a description that can apply without offence to African, Caribbean, Arab and Asian, but some newspapers reasonably draw a distinction between black (of African descent), Asian and Arab, as do some members of the communities concerned.

Coloured is generally regarded as an insult by black people. Similarly, `negro', a term historically used by some to describe people of black African descent but which is no longer used and widely considered offensive.

Blacks and Asians. `Black' and `Asian' should not be regarded as nouns. Refer to black people or an Asian woman where the context demands the distinction, and in the same way write about a white man. Remember we are all people, not just racial groups. Prefer African- Caribbean to Afro-Caribbean.

Mixed race. This adjective is generally used to describe people with parentage of more than one ethnic background. `Half-caste' and `mulatto' are old terms which are unacceptable and offensive.

Gypsies/Travellers. People belonging to ethnic groups originating in India and Ireland respectively. Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are protected by race relations legislation. People are born to those groups. They cannot become Gypsies or Irish Travellers. Gypsies from eastern Europe are known as Roma Gypsies and share the same ethnicity as Romany Gypsies in the UK.

Economic migrant. A person who comes to the UK seeking work or a job he or she has already obtained. The government has encouraged economic migration to fill skill shortages, as in the health service.

Immigrant. A person who has come to the UK by choice, perhaps to work or study or to join his or her family. Most immigrants in the UK are white; all children of immigrants born in the UK are British, not immigrants; and most members of ethnic minorities living in the UK were born in Britain and are therefore British.

Illegal immigrant. A person who has been refused such status and has failed to respond to a removal notice to quit Britain.

Refugee status. The legal status granted to persons who prove that they have fled their country for reasons stated in the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. In the UK, people recognised as refugees are given Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). They are entitled to work and to state benefits. This status is permanent.

Humanitarian status. This is granted to people who have compelling humanitarian reasons preventing their return home, such as fleeing war or inhumane and degrading treatment. In the UK, these people are granted Exceptional Leave to Remain (ELR). They are also entitled to work and to state benefits. Their status can be short-lived or long and is often made permanent.

Failed asylum seeker. Someone who has tried for asylum but has failed to meet the criteria. But it doesn't necessarily mean he is expelled. The applicant may be granted humanitarian status and be allowed to remain.

Illegal entrant or `clandestine' (term used by Government). Someone who has smuggled him or herself into the UK, perhaps without any intention of applying for asylum. Such illegal entrants should not be referred to as asylum seekers.

Is it correct to write Muslim or Moslem? Muslim is preferred. People refer to themselves as Muslims. Many regard Moslem as a term of abuse, like people of African descent dislike being called negroes. Also avoid Mohammedan and Musselman.

Is jihad a holy war? No. Literally it means striving or struggle, not holy war. There are two main types of jihad: the greater jihad and the lesser jihad. The greater is the struggle against sin and temptation; the lesser involves missionary activities and the conflict against evil. Jihad can be the collective defence of the Muslim community. Only recently has it become synonymous with armed struggle.

Are Gypsies and Irish Travellers ethnic minorities? Yes. They are recognised as racial groups by law. Some stories and headlines hold them up to public contempt because of what they are rather than what an individual or some individuals have done. It hardly needs saying that words like gypos, pikeys and tinkers are regarded as derogatory. So is itinerants.

Gypsies and Travellers. By spelling Gypsies with a `y' rather than an `i' you get their name right.


I am rather distressed to read that my spelling of "Gypsy" is correct. Most British newspapers use "Gipsy". Is that their pathetic way of rebelling?

Other parts of the document are even more inflammatory, and clearly designed to DISRUPT community cohension. See here


Anonymous said...

But "Illegal Immigrant" is ok.

In the US, that term is getting tossed out to avoid offending those who are breaking the law.

Anonymous said...

"Coloured is generally regarded as an insult by black people. Similarly, `negro', a term historically used by some to describe people of black African descent but which is no longer used and widely considered offensive."

Have the PC'ized Brits checked with The National Association For The Advancement of COLORED People? Or, The United NEGRO College Fund?

More drivel from a nation of gutless pansys.

Anonymous said...

More drivel from 3:03. Why should the Brits look at or care about American english, PC'ized or otherwise.

Anonymous said...

You're right, they shouldn't. Let them wallow in their own stupidity.

Anonymous said...


The Romani people resembled Egyptians, hence "gypsies."

Anonymous said...

Some good things in there, like recognising that everyone is "ethnic" :)

But that must be a mistake rather than intended by the authors.

Malcolm said...

I presume people who are not Muslims can be called non-Muslims, but if the term, "non-Christian" is to be avoided, what do you use as a substitute? I don't suppose they'd like the word, "heathen".

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"The Romani people resembled Egyptians, hence "gypsies."

Name (one) factor that would cause anyone to think these two groups resemble each other. In any way.

Anonymous said...

"Terms used principally of people of the nationality of the countries in question. If the person is, in fact British, it is better to refer to them as `of Pakistani background' or `Pakistani British' or `British Pakistani'."

If a person is British, how come he needs a distinction? If he's born in Britain and is of Pakistani descent, then he's British. otherwise, he's not. Why is this so difficult?

And if he has a bomb (Pakistani, British, Japanese, whatever) he's still a terrorist.

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