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The Global Press Style Guide

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race

This is a deviation from AP Style.

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. Instead, allow sources to self-identify. Capitalize skin color according to source preference. For general references to groups of people do not default to capitalization, use standard grammar rules for nouns and adjectives.

Rationale:

Precise references to diverse source identities 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. The terms may be used to describe actions or policies that were verifiably motivated by race or racial prejudice. Always provide readers with robust descriptions and necessary context to understand the consequence of the described 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.