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Voice of America reverses course, says reporters can call Hamas terrorists

Voice of America, the government-funded news agency, reversed a previous ruling and said Tuesday that its journalists are now able to label Hamas a terrorist group.
The agency directed employees in previous guidance not to use that term, saying it was against VOA’s fairness standards.

VOA said Tuesday that it had gone back and reviewed its guidebook and realized that it did not, in fact, forbid using the term.

“Correcting guidance that was issued October 10, 2023, and reissued on October 20, 2023, there is NO prohibition in our Best Practices Guide against our labeling the people and organizations that commit acts of terror as ‘terrorists’ or against using the word ‘terrorism’ in our stories without attribution,” VOA’s managing editor and acting director wrote in a memo to empl …

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