ITNT – Poynter, the self-declared “global leader in journalism”, is urging journalists in the west to not use the word “assassination” when writing or reporting about the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.
Poynter: “That word, assassinate, is loaded. The Associated Press Stylebook says assassination is “the murder of a politically important or prominent individual by surprise attack.” The key word in that definition is “murder.””
Indeed, Soleimani was murdered and it was a surprise attack. At least for him.
Poynter continues its whitewashing of the assassination, writing:
“As the AP explains why it is not using the word “assassinate” to describe the attack that killed Soleimani, it points out that if journalists use that word, they are saying that the United States acted illegally.”
And they DID. The US government did act illegally. There’s nothing more to say about that. You can twist as many words in as many ways you want, the fact is and remains that the US (highly likely on the orders of the Israeli government) assassinated Soleimani.