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Posted on 04/06/2013 9:26:51 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
CAIR Claims Victory Over AP Stylebooks Restrictions on Word 'Islamist' April 5, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington
(CNSNews.com) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised the Associated Press (AP) for revising its stylebook to forbid the use of the word Islamist, if it is used to describe Islamic militants or extremists.
In a press release on Friday, CAIR said revising the term is a "step in the right direction, and that they helped influence the APs decision.
Late last year, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) approached AP about modifying the reference, which had been added to its influential Stylebook, the release said.
That entry read: Islamist -- Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.
CAIR suggested that AP change its Stylebook to incorporate language similar to that used in the reference to fundamentalist, which states that the label should not be used unless a group applies the term to itself, they said.
CAIR also encouraged the media to drop the term. "Unfortunately, the term 'Islamist' has become shorthand for 'Muslims we don't like,' said CAIR. It is currently used in an almost exclusively pejorative context and is often coupled with the term 'extremist,' giving it an even more negative slant."
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