ABC staffer called for ban on 'radical Islam' reference

AN ABC radio staffer who called for a newsroom ran on the phrase 'radical Islam' has been cautioned by management.

The staffer tweeted via one of the public broadcaster's official Twitter accounts, backing a comment by Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow with the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World.

"Unless you want to offend or alienate Muslims, there's simply no good reason to ever use "radical Islam' over more precise ­alternatives," Mr Hamid wrote.

The Australian reported the tweet was retweeted from the ABC's region and ethics programming account along with an additional comment - "Well said, this statement ought to be displayed prominently in every newsroom."

The ABC, along with other news organisations, have been accused of downplaying Islamic connections to acts of terrorism out of political correctness.

The Australian quoted an ABC spokesman as saying "radical Islam" was permitted in news coverage.

"The ABC has not issued any advice to staff and does not have a policy about the use of the term 'radical Islam'. It hasbeen used regularly across ABC content," he said.

"This statement is not endorsed by the ABC and ABC radio has spoken with the staff member responsible," he said.

The issue came to the fore this week when Donald Trump challenged his political opponents to say the words 'radical Islam' in wake of the Orlando shooting, which killed 50 and wounded 53.

He called on US president Barack Obama to stand down, saying America could not afford a political correct president who was not tough on Islamic terrorism.

US president Barack Obama warned against demonising Islamic communities in response to the Orlanda massacre.

"We've gone through moments in our history before when we acted out of fear and we came to regret it," Mr Obama said.

"We've seen our government mistreat our fellow citizens and it has been a shameful part of our history. This is not the America we want, it does not reflect our democratic ideals. It won't make us more safe, it will make us less safe," he said.

"Where does it stop?" President Obama demanded to know.

"We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence," Mr Obama said.

Mr Trump this week repeated proposals to close borders to Muslims and has also reiterated his support for more intrusive police monitoring of the entire Muslim-American community.

"Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance?,'' Mr Obama responded.

"Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?" Mr Obama said.
 



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