Lenta ru: TV channels given a dictionary of suitable words
- http://www.lenta.ru/news/2005/11/03/words/ (my quick tr)
TV channels given a dictionary of suitable words
Employees of the central television channels have been handed memos
[pamyatki] that contain the list of "correct" words and expressions,
which need to be used in the materials about Chechnya.
Gazeta.Ru writes that these memos have been drawn up in the Kremlin
and were given to TV heads at the Friday "gray briefing" - a routine
meeting, at which the representatives of president's administration
voice to the television channels their wishes and complaints.
The authors of this memo imperatively advise journalists not to
present Ahmed Zakayev as the "emissary of Chechen extremists", but to
use an expression the "mouthpiece of boyeviks". It's been banned to
call boyeviks, who speak in favor of separation of Chechnya from
Russia, as "separatists". The Kremlin also doesn't like definitions of
"Chechen" and "Islamic", if they are used with respect to terrorism.
The officials want the media employees to say "international terrorism".
Under this ban have came also ten difficult to understand for the
Russians borrowings, like words "dzhamaat" (instead of it it's been
proposed to use an expression "terrorist organization"), "shakheed"
(terrorist, smertnik), "mujahadeen" (boyevik), "Wahhabit" (Islamic
boyevik). Hierarchy of Islamists has been considerably simplified. In
the opinion of Kremlin officials, there's no difference whatsoever
between the words of "amir", "emir", "imam", "sheik", "field
commander". All of them - are "leaders of [bandformirovaniy] gang
If the channels will stick to that memo, then Chechen terrorists will
need to part with their shakheed's belts and to wear a"belt with
explosives" instead of them. "Holy jihad" will become commonplace
sabotage activity, and the Caucasian, northern, southern front fronts
will change into the brigades of Chechen terrorist groupings, which
act in the Caucasus.