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  Checking contributors: Beatrice Murail
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  Preventing mistakes in Iran: Jim Muir
  Polls in the World Cup: Luis Restrepo
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"A reporter should hold to a central principle of being a first-hand witness. Press conferences and official statements may be useful but they are no substitute for raw facts."
Kate Adie, the BBC's former chief news correspondent.

Inside BBC Journalism: Accuracy and Truth looks at how journalists at the BBC aim to get their facts right.

In this section, our journalists reflect on a few of the dilemmas they face when applying the Editorial Guidelines - our handbook to good journalism - to accurate reporting.

In this series of reports from Iraq, Iran, India and Colombia, they discuss the importance of being a first-hand witness - i.e. gathering information by being there or by talking to those who were.

They also look at checking facts and contributors, correcting mistakes, and using archive material and agencies - including BBC Monitoring.

BBC programmes should be accurate and truthful. But accuracy is often more than merely a question of getting the facts right.

It's important to weigh all relevant information to get at the truth of what is reported or described.

Related links:
vspace=4/ The BBC's Editorial Guidelines
vspace=4/ The BBC's Values, Standards and Principles (PDF file)
vspace=4/ About the BBC
vspace=4/ BBC Monitoring

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