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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.
The BBC's Editorial Guidelines
The BBC's Values, Standards and Principles (PDF file)
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