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The Global Press Style Guide

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race

Rule:

Do not refer to race as a primary descriptor of any person or group. Do not assume that perceptions or definitions of race are globally shared. Allow sources to self-identify by race in a quote.

Rationale:

Using race alone as a descriptor is imprecise. Relevant context is necessary to ensure source dignity and reader clarity.

racism/racist/racial

Rule:

Do not use these words to refer to general scenarios. When necessary, identify actions and policies as racist when they are verifiably motivated by race. Do not label a person as racist. Instead, refer to that person’s specific actions or policies with relevant context.

Rationale:

It is accurate to identify actions or policies as racist when they are verifiably motivated by race. Source dignity and reader clarity are prioritized when specific actions, rather than general labels, are specified in a story. Casual use of these words can inflame tensions.

Example:

Rhodesia, which took over the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and was not recognized by other nations, employed broad, racist policies to keep black Zimbabweans from owning land and holding good jobs. Read this full story from Zimbabwe here.

rebel/rebel group/rebellion

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refugee

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not conflate refugees, who flee to a foreign country to escape danger, and internally displaced people, who are displaced by conflict within the borders of their own country.

Review the relevant legal context for a country’s definition of refugee, to ensure the word is used appropriately. When a host country’s definition of refugee differs from the definition in a source’s country of origin, describe the difference.

Rationale:

Accurate descriptions are key for source dignity and reader clarity.

religious references

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use lowercase letters to refer to the names of major religious historical events, including those specific to Christianity, Islam and other major religions, so as to avoid displaying preference for those major religions. Capitalize key holidays and calendar events in every case.

Rationale:

Capitalization of only mainstream religious events indicates bias.

Example:

Many Christians celebrate Easter to remember the resurrection of Jesus, a core tenet of their religion.

rice/paddy

Rule:

Do not use rice paddy or rice field to refer to the location where rice is grown. A paddy is the plant that produces the grain rice. Only use the term rice to describe the grain once it has been harvested.

Rationale:

Precise references are required for reader clarity.