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Petitioning president of CNN Worldwide Jim Walton and 11 others

Tell CNN: MASSACRE of Libyans IS NOT civil war

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 (

A civil war is a high-intensity conflict, often involving regular armed forces, that is sustained, organized and large-scale. (

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.

This petition was delivered 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
  • 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
  • Anderson Cooper
  • News Anchor of the Situation Room
    Wolf Blitzer
  • senior vice president of programming for CNN International
    Katherine Green

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