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CNN consistently continues to refer to the situation in Libya as a "civil war" rather than as "attacks" or "massacres" which more accurately describe events. We know full well, most people don't have time to look, listen or analyze news beyond the headline. It is therefore crucial that "headlines" and descriptions of stories be as accurate as the facts they illuminate.

According to wikipedia:

Massacre is "the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre)

A civil war is a high-intensity conflict, often involving regular armed forces, that is sustained, organized and large-scale. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_war)

According to CNN's reporter Arwa Damon, as well as other reporters inside Libya such as Mohammed Nabbous, the rebels are NOT a regular armed forces - they are mostly professional people. The rebels are NOT organized and the rebels have NO military training or equipment that could be described as "large-scale". The term "large-scale" can only be accurately applied to the number of people who demand that  Gadaffi resign. The majority of those people are UNARMED citizens.  CNN has also had experts report that the military capacity of Gadaffi is far beyond that of the rebels, in both training, expertise and equipment.  These are the facts being reported by CNN. These facts DO NOT support the use of the term "civil war".

The facts as reported by CNN DO support the use of the terms "massacre" or "attacks" depending on the scale and level of violence against citizens. There have been countles reports of Gadaffi forces entering cities and towns with mercenaries and snipers and murdering unarmed civilians indescriminately - in several cases using rocket launchers at close range against civilians. There is video all over YouTube that supports these reports of "the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people".

These are the facts being reported by CNN and others and it is CNN's journalistic obligation to report the facts AND also to describe those facts accurately.

Tell CNN to report the facts AND describe them accurately.

Letter to
president of CNN Worldwide Jim Walton
Field Reporter and Anchor of AC360 Anderson Cooper
CNN executive vice president of News Standards and Practices Richard Davis
and 8 others
CNN executive vice president of content development and strategy for CNN Worldwide Susan Bunda
executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker
Executive Vice President for CNN Worldwide Scot M. Safon
executive vice president and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox
senior vice president of international newsgathering for CNN Worldwide Parisa Khosravi
executive vice president of CNN, responsible for CNN/U.S.  Ken Jautz
News Anchor of the Situation Room Wolf Blitzer
senior vice president of programming for CNN International Katherine Green
Please stop referring to the events in Libya as a civil war unless you have evidence to support that claim.

We know full well, most people don't have time to look, listen or analyze news beyond the headlines. It is therefore crucial that headlines and story descriptions be as accurate as the facts they illuminate. I am troubled that CNN consistently continues to refer to the situation in Libya as a "civil war" rather than as "attacks" or "massacres".

According to wikipedia:

Massacre is "the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre)

A civil war is a high-intensity conflict, often involving regular armed forces, that is sustained, organized and large-scale. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_war)

According to your reporter Arwa Damon, as well as other reporters inside Libya such as Mohammed Nabbous, the rebels are NOT a regular armed forces - they are mostly professional people. The rebels are NOT organized and the rebels have NO military training or equipment that could be described as "large-scale". The term "large-scale" can only be accurately applied to the number of people who demand that Gadaffi resign. The majority of those people are UNARMED citizens. CNN has also had experts report that the military capacity of Gadaffi is far beyond that of the rebels, in both training, expertise and equipment. These are the facts being reported by CNN. These facts DO NOT support the use of the term "civil war".

The facts as reported by CNN DO support the use of the terms "massacre" or "attacks" depending on the scale and level of violence against citizens. There have been countless reports of Gadaffi forces entering cities and towns with mercenaries and snipers and murdering unarmed civilians indiscriminately - in several cases using rocket launchers at close range against civilians. There is video all over YouTube that supports these reports of "the indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people".

These are the facts being reported by your organization and others. You have journalistic obligation to report the facts AND also to describe those facts accurately. Please be sure to do so, particularly when people's lives are at risk.