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The Global Press Style Guide

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victim

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use the word victim to describe a person. Instead, use specific context and descriptions to refer to actions or situations.

Rationale:

This word is a general label that lacks precision and forces readers to make assumptions. Use of specific descriptions prioritizes source dignity.

Example:

The group of women meets monthly to discuss how they escaped domestic violence.

Voodoo

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use this name, capitalized, to describe this specific religion. Do not use this name as a general reference to witchcraft or other practices. Do not assume that people whose practices have similarities to Voodoo necessarily adhere to this religion.

Rationale:

Voodoo is a religion with specific practices. It should be referred to precisely and with the same deference used when referring to other religions.