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The Global Press Style Guide

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hate crime

Rule:

Use the term hate crime to describe a crime committed against a person or group, when that crime is verifiably based on hatred of that person or group’s inherent characteristics. When a country’s legal code includes a specific definition for the term hate crime, include details of that definition.

Rationale:

Precise usage of the phrase hate crime is important for accuracy. Misuse of this term can inflame tensions and create violent situations.

Example:

Months after about 300 Rohingya refugees arrived in Jammu, a city in northern India, a group of local people burned their homes. This hate crime drove the Rohingya to another neighborhood.

The mayor was formally charged with murder, which prosecutors say was a hate crime – an aggravation that carries the potential of more time added to a prison sentence.

headline

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Always capitalize the first word in a headline. Always capitalize nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Do not capitalize the indefinite or definite article, unless they are the first word in a headline. Always capitalize words consisting of four or more letters. Do not capitalize words consisting of three letters or fewer if the words are conjunctions (and, but, so, etc.) or prepositions (for, on, in, etc.).

Rationale:

Capitalization of key words in a headline enhances reader clarity.

Hispanic

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use Hispanic interchangeably with Latina, Latino, Latinx or Latin American or to infer nationality or race.

Rationale:

These words are not synonyms. Precise descriptions of sources, places or concepts promotes accuracy and reader clarity.

historical references

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Capitalize historical references to definitively singular events that are commonly referred to as proper nouns, such as World War II. Do not capitalize references to civil wars, revolutions and other events that are not singular, regardless of location. Treat references to specific countries and locations as adjectives, such as the American revolution.

Rationale:

Consistency in referring to historical events ensures equitable news coverage.

homicide/murder/manslaughter

Rule:

Examine specific legal contexts to ensure that these terms and other related words and phrases are used accurately, based on the story’s dateline. Add contextual information for reader clarity.

Rationale:

International legal contexts and definitions differ.