London, Feb.5 : Police in the United Kingdom have been autioned not to alienate the country's Muslims, and if they do ave to talk about extremism or terror, they should do so softly.
According to The Sun, Whitehall has circulated a new counter-error phrasebook in which law enforcement officials have been dvised against use of phrases like "jihadi fundamentalist" and Islamist extremist".
Instead, it suggests that words such as "violent extremism", criminal murderers" and "thugs" should be used, to avoid any uggestion of an explicit link between Islam and terror.
The document warns that the use of concepts like "the struggle or values" or "a battle of ideas" play into the hands of those ho wish to fuel the idea of a clash of civilisations between slam and the West.
A more productive approach is to stress the idea of shared alues, it suggests.
A Home Office spokeswoman confirmed that the document had been istributed to "key delivery partners" including chief onstables, local authorities and
"The pack is the first of a series of communications intended to rief partners about recent work to develop the 'prevent' strand f the Government's counter-terrorism strategy and help them to dentify further contributions they can make to this agenda," she aid.
"The communications guidance is based on in-depth, qualitative esearch, but is not intended to be prescriptive," she added. ANI)