Guidelines

Section 11: War, Terror and Emergencies

Mandatory Referrals

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  1. Referrals to Director Editorial Policy and Standards
  2. Other Referrals
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(Mandatory Referrals are part of the BBC's editorial management system.  While they will not, in themselves, meet the Principles in the Editorial Guidelines, they are an essential part of the process to ensure compliance and must be observed.)

Referrals to Director Editorial Policy and Standards

11.3.1

Any proposal to attend an event staged by proscribed organisations or groups with a known record for mounting acts of terror must be referred to a senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor.  Referral must also be made to Director Editorial Policy and Standards. 

(See 11.4.9)

11.3.2

Any proposal to broadcast material recorded at a staged event in the UK or overseas, where threats are made against UK citizens, must be referred to Director Editorial Policy and Standards.

(See 11.4.10)

11.3.3

Any approach from the Secretary to the Defence Advisory Notice Committe must be referred to Director Editorial Policy and Standards.

(Note: Also referred to by its former name of the D-Notice Committee)

(See 11.4.20)

11.3.4

Any situation where BBC staff or anyone else engaged in content production for the BBC may have obligations under the Terrorism Acts must be referred in good time to Director Editorial Policy and Standards and Programme Legal Advice.

(See 11.4.21)

11.3.5

Any proposal to approach an individual or an organisation (including an individual member of the organisation) responsible for acts of terror to participate in our output must be referred in advance to Director Editorial Policy and Standards. 

(See 11.4.21)

Other Referrals

11.3.6

Any proposal to broadcast material recorded at legitimate events when paramilitary or other groups with a known record of violence or intimidation stage an appearance must be referred to a senior editorial figure, or for independents to the commissioning editor, who may consult Director Editorial Policy and Standards.  For example, violent animal rights campaigners will fall into this category.

(See 11.4.11)

11.3.7

Any proposal to broadcast recordings made by perpetrators of a hijacking, kidnapping, hostage taking or siege must be referred to a senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor.

(See 11.4.17)

11.3.8

Any request by the police or others for a complete news black-out on stories relating to hijacking, kidnapping, hostage taking or sieges must be referred to a senior editorial figure, who may wish to consult Editorial Policy. 

(See 11.4.18)

11.3.9

Any proposals to work in hostile environments, on high risk activities or high risk events must be referred to Head of Newsgathering and BBC Safety's High Risk Team.

(See 11.4.22)

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