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New AP Stylebook guidance recommends using 'unrest' instead of 'riot' to avoid stigmatizing protesters

New AP Stylebook guidance recommends using 'unrest' instead of 'riot' to avoid stigmatizing protesters

The Associated Press Stylebook tweeted an admonishment to stop using the word "riot" to describe political protests and instead use the milder "unrest" to avoid stigmatizing protesters.

"Use care in deciding which term best applies: A riot is a wild or violent disturbance of the peace involving a group of people.

The term riot suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium," the official AP Stylebook Twitter account said.

"Focusing on rioting and property destruction rather than underlying grievance has been used in the past to stigmatize broad swaths of people protesting against lynching, police brutality or for racial justice, going back to the urban uprisings of the 1960s," the AP Stylebook explained.

The Associated Press recommended using more mild terms when referring to property destruction from the rioting.

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