Friday, November 23, 2007

Hispanic Journalists Urge News Media to Stop Using Dehumanizing Terms When Covering Immigration

This is not really "news" but is worth repeating.  The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) calls on our nation’s news media to use accurate terminology in its coverage of immigration and to stop dehumanizing undocumented immigrants. NAHJ is concerned with the increasing use of pejorative terms to describe the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. NAHJ is particularly troubled with the growing trend of the news media to use the word “illegals” as a noun, shorthand for "illegal aliens." Using the word in this way is grammatically incorrect and crosses the line by criminalizing the person, not the action they are purported to have committed. NAHJ calls on the media to never use “illegals” in headlines.

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2007/11/hipsamic-journa.html

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Comments

Wow, that was a bizarre, Orwellian read.

So many errors and obfuscations it's hard to know where to start.

Here's how it actually is:

Illegal does not necessary = criminal.

Alien is the broadest, most neutral, and most accurate term. Not all illegal aliens are immigrants, nor do all illegal aliens work. 'Undocumented' is so far from neutral language it's laughable.

'...the National Association of Hispanic Journalists calls on our nation�s news media to use accurate terminology in its coverage of immigration'.

No, as discussed above, accuracy is the LAST thing they want.


Posted by: Jack | Nov 25, 2007 6:58:07 PM

Would it be ok to call illegl aliens criminals if they possessed a false Social Security Security card and misrepresented themselves as citizens? If so, we could surely say that there are a lot of criminals among the working illegal aliens. How would that affect the crime rate of undocumented immigrants (your term) or illegal aliens (as the rest of we Americans refer to them)? You can call a pig a princess, but it's still a pig. The name fits how Americans feel, and they really don't care how illegal immigrants, their advocates, aiders and abettors or Hispanic press wish it to be. That's a losing battle. People simply resent the presence of people who they perceive as invading their country. Much could be said of citizens of any other country in the world, even Mexico. It's human nature.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 26, 2007 10:44:14 AM

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