Skip to comments.Asian Journalist Group demands MSM not refer to Virginia Tech killer as "Asian"
Posted on 04/17/2007 12:19:57 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War
Media Advisory: Coverage on Virginia Tech Shooting Incident
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Janice Lee, 415-346-2051, JaniceL@aaja.org
SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2007) -- Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.
As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.
The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.
We further remind members of the media that the standards of news reporting should be universal and applied equally no matter the platform or medium, including blogs.
We at AAJA, representing approximately 2,000 reporters, editors, photographers and executives in the industry, encourage journalists to refer to style and reference books, both within their own shop as well as AAJA's at http://www.aaja.org/resources/apa_handbook/.
We also invite those with concerns or questions to contact AAJA as a resource for issues of fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AAJA's national office is at (415) 346-2051, National@aaja.org, www.aaja.org.
The Asian American Journalists Association is a non-profit professional and educational organization with approximately 2,000 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA's mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the Native American Journalists Association, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and National Association of Black Journalists. For more information, visit www.aaja.org.
Henceforth to be known as...oriental. Will that work?
I think his name kind of gives his ethnicity away, anyhow.
Is showing his picture OK?
How about nappy headed macaca. sheesh
Here we go with the again with the “PC” at a really bad time.
a christian white male.
i’ll bet they’re
Well that means were down to either Cablanasian or just white boy student killa...
I don’t think Americans give a rat’s behind what the Asian journalists think right now - or ever, really. We calls ‘em like we sees ‘em. OK?
What's the Korean word for "country"? Some vets know but should not state.
Call him a Martian in all further mentions.
Ethnic slurs are radically inappropriate.
I think the Asians are just upset that their sterotypes are all good -— well except for driving.
DWO (driving while oriental).
The problem with this is that the shootings were in a heavily oriental dominated study area which is engineering.
However, all the people listed as killed were non oriental.
So the shooter would have had to do some serious sorting to get just the “right” people.
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