Don't use term 'Islamic State', David Cameron says

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29th June 2015

David Cameron has urged broadcasters not to call the jihadists in the Middle East the ‘Islamic State’. 

The Prime Minister said it would be preferable to describe it as the “so-called Islamic State” or the abbreviation Isil, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State because it’s not an Islamic State; what it is is an appalling, barbarous regime,” Mr Cameron said on the Today programme this morning.

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“It is a perversion of the religion of Islam and many Muslims listening to this programme will recoil every time they hear the words ‘Islamic State’.”

A similar point was made by Boris Johnson in his Daily Telegraph column this morning.

The Mayor of London points to the calls from one of his fellow Tory MPs Rehman Chishti, who has campaigned against describing the jihadists as “Islamic State”.

“They are not running a state, and their gangster organisation is not Islamic – it is a narcissistic death cult,” Mr Johnson says.

“Rehman’s point is that if you call it Islamic State you are playing their game; you are dignifying their criminal and barbaric behaviour; you are giving them a propaganda boost that they don’t deserve, especially in the eyes of some impressionable young Muslims.”

Mr Chishti has called for the term ‘Daesh’ or ‘Faesh’ to be used as an alternative.