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The Global Press Style Guide

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race

Rule:

Use precise references to a source’s ancestry when relevant to a story’s news value.

Do not conflate race with skin color or nationality. 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.

Rationale:

Conflating race, skin color and nationality forces readers to make assumptions and promotes stereotypes. Precise references to source identity promote reader clarity and source dignity.

racism/racist/racial

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use these terms to describe people, actions or policies. Instead, provide readers with robust descriptions and necessary context to understand the consequence of the described person, action or policy.

Rationale:

These terms are labels that are understood differently by people according to their personal circumstances and world views. Use of labels limits a reader’s ability to understand the full scope and consequence of a situation. Relying on precise descriptions rather than labels promotes source dignity and reader clarity.

rebel/rebel group/rebellion

recipes

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 forcibly displaced 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:

The term refugee can have varying definitions based on the country. Precise and context-rich references are required for reader clarity and source dignity.

religious references

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not capitalize the names of major events in the lives of historical religious figures in any religion.

Rationale:

Capitalization can indicate bias.

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.