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.” […]