From the UK Telegraph [“Saddam not a dictator at BBC“]:

descriptions of Saddam Hussein are the latest target of a [BBC] corporation diktat. “An email has been circulated telling us not to refer to Saddam as a dictator,” I’m told. “Instead, we are supposed to describe him as the former leader of Iraq. “Apparently, because his presidency was endorsed in a referendum, he was technically elected. Hence the word dictator is banned. It’s all rather ridiculous.” The Beeb insists that the email merely restates existing guidelines. “We wanted to remind journalists whose work is seen and heard internationally of the need to use neutral language,” says a spokesman.

“Technically elected”? (Bear in mind that Iraquis were forced to “vote” for Saddam). “Neutral” to whom? “President” Castro?

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