BBC rejects calls from MPs to use term 'Daesh'

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2nd July 2015

The director general of the BBC has said the corporation will not begin calling the militants in Iraq and Syria ‘Daesh’, as proposed by a number of MPs.

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti organised a letter signed by 120 parliamentarians urging the BBC to stop referring to ‘Islamic State’ and start using ‘Daesh’, an Arabic acronym, instead.

According to a response seen by The Times, Lord Hall replied to Mr Chishti by saying the corporation could not use ‘Daesh’ because it was “pejorative” and risked giving the “impression of support” for the militants’ opponents.

Mr Chishti said the “excuse” was “very surprising and rather unacceptable”.