After Criticism, “Faces of Global Terrorism” Bus Ads Will be Taken Down


After criticism from politicians, advocacy groups, and the public, 46 bus ads featuring photos of wanted terrorists will be taken down, the Seattle Times reports. The “Faces of Global Terrorism” ad was criticized for promoting stereotypes of Muslims and painting a broad brush against one group. The ad is part of a campaign launched this month by the Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force for the U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program. It features 16 photos of wanted terrorists sandwiched between the taglines “Faces of Global Terrorism” and “Stop a Terrorist. Save Lives. Up to $25 Million Reward.” The decision to remove the bus ads was “a result of our continued engagement with the community and the feedback we are getting,” said FBI agent Fred Gutt. The 16 men in the ad are affiliated with extremist groups around the world. Seven are from African countries, four from the Philippines, one each from Malaysia and Chechnya, and three were born in the U.S.

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