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  Global broadcasting: Hilary Hazzard
  Decent pictures: Phil Coomes
  Language in the Arab world: Fouad Razek
  Sexual violence in Burma: Tin Htar Swe
  Imitating behaviour in Russia: Artyom Liss
  Rebels on air in Uganda: Robin White
  Strong language: Ana-Lucia Gonzalez
  The watershed:TV
  The watershed: radio
  Payments to witnesses & criminals
  Investigating drugs


"We cover the Middle East and, by nature, our audience is politicized. We have to make daily decisions about language and terminology which is sensitive to our area."
Fouad Razek, Head of News and Current Affairs, Arabic Service

Inside BBC Journalism: Respect examines how BBC journalists aim to provide our global audience with decent, dignified and relevant programming.

In this section, our journalists reflect on some of the issues they face in countries as diverse as Burma and Uganda whilst applying the BBC's Editorial Guidelines - our guide to good journalistic practice - to their craft.

In their reports, they discuss publishing offensive pictures as well as broadcasting sexual violence and criminal behaviour.

BBC journalists should observe the 9pm Watershed in television - all programmes broadcast before 9pm should not be unsuitable for children to watch.

The BBC is required in the Agreement associated with its Charter not to broadcast programmes which "include anything which offends against good taste or decency or is likely to encourage or incite to crime or lead to disorder, or be offensive to public feeling."

We seek to apply this requirement to all our broadcasting, programmes and services, for both our domestic and international audiences.

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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