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  Interviewing: Kelly Shephard
  Dealing with contributors: Ben Sutherland
  Upholding privacy: Beatriz Gomez
  Zimbabwe: Joseph Winter
  Uzbekistan: Pahlavon Turgunov
  On Mr Milosevic: Geraldine Coughlan
  Safeguarding children in Africa: Valerie Msoka
  Reflecting the Afghan people: Asif Maroof
  Covering 9/11: Stephen Cviic
  Bugging and recording
  Paedophiles and identification
  Accessing untransmitted material


"Slobodan Milosevic's trial is the most important war crimes trial since World War Two and it is being seen as a crucial test for international justice. It's a daunting prospect for any journalist intent on providing fair coverage."
Geraldine Coughlan, the BBC's The Hague Correspondent.

Inside BBC Journalism: Fairness and Privacy explores treating all the BBC's contributors – including children – fairly.

This means respecting our contributors' privacy, and dealing with them honestly and respectfully.

In this section, BBC journalists reflect on several of the issues they face whilst aiming to apply the Producer's Guidelines - our handbook to good journalism - on fairness and privacy to programme-making.

BBC interviews should be well mannered and courteous. They should not be partial, aggressive or emotionally attached to one side of an argument.

Particular attention should be given to interviews with children. Safeguarding their welfare is essential.

Interviewees have a right to know what a programme is about and should be given a fair chance to respond to questions.

Finally, BBC programmes should reflect and draw on the diversity of people and cultures around the world and in the UK - to reflect life as it is.

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

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