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Journalists' guide to Islam called cave-in to political correctness
by Perry Chiaramonte
A "how-to" guide published by a prominent journalism school to help reporters covering Islam-related issues is under fire from critics who say it sacrifices the First Amendment to political correctness.
"Islam for Journalists," an online guide from Washington State University, says coverage of the Muslim world can be fair, yet inoffensive without compromising journalistic principles. Yet it pointedly condemns publication of images of Muhammed, an act which is forbidden by the Koran, and seems to equate it with violence carried out in the name of Islam.
"Across the Muslim world extremists are wielding their swords with grisly effect, but the pen…can be just as lethal," Lawrence Pintak, dean of the school's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, wrote in the introduction to the guide.
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