However, we do ask that careful thought is given to its use by a BBC voice.

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Mr Kafala, whose BBC Arabic television, radio and online news services reach a weekly audience of 36 million people, told : “We try to avoid describing anyone as a terrorist or an act as being terrorist.

What we try to do is to say that ‘two men killed 12 people in an attack on the office of a satirical magazine’.

Laura Kuenssberg has spoken out against those who threaten and abuse her online, saying they are attempting to silence her.

The BBC's political editor said there was no chance their campaign against her would work.

That’s much more revealing, we believe, than using a word like terrorist which people will see as value-laden.” Of the Paris case, Mr Kafala said: “We avoid the word terrorists.

It’s a terrorist attack, anti-terrorist police are deployed on the streets of Paris.

That’s enough, we know what that means and what it is.”Mr Kafala said: “Terrorism is such a loaded word.

The UN has been struggling for more than a decade to define the word and they can’t. We know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them.

The Islamists who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris should be not be described as “terrorists” by the BBC, a senior executive at the corporation has said.