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Associated Press News Agency Bans Use of Phrase ‘Alt-Right’ After Charlottesville Violence

Steven R. Swartz, Associated Press chairman and Hearst president and CEO. PHOTO: Mediawiredaily.com

By Fiona Simpson | 16 August 2017

EVENING STANDARD — An international news agency has banned journalists from using the phrase “alt-right” amid claims it disguises racism.

The Associated Press will no longer publish the term in articles following clashes between white supremacists and anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one woman dead.

The news agency advised reporters to only use the phrase when quoting speech or when describing somebody as so-called or self-described alt-right.

AP’s current guidelines, published this year, read: “Depending on the specifics of the situation, such beliefs might be termed racist, white supremacist or neo-Nazi; be sure to describe the specifics. “Whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, include a definition: an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism, or, more simply, a white nationalist movement.” […]

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