Resuming operations in Zimbabwe
Ten days ago, I made a journey I thought I might never make - to Harare, Zimbabwe.
Eight years ago, we had a disagreement with the then Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo; ever since, the BBC has operated undercover in Zimbabwe.
But five months after President Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai formed an inclusive government, this week, for the first time since July 2001, BBC News is back in Zimbabwe - openly and legally.
Reporting undercover takes great courage and commitment. It's produced some memorable journalism in recent years from John Simpson and many other colleagues.
However, it is no substitute for being able to operate transparently. Inevitably, part of the story becomes how our teams are trying to avoid being found and arrested, rather than focusing on the people of Zimbabwe.
Operating illegally and clandestinely has to be a last resort. So I'm pleased that we've been assured by the Zimbabwe government that the BBC is not banned, and that we can resume our operations in Zimbabwe.
This week Andrew Harding became the first BBC correspondent to enter the country on an authorised assignment since 2001.
He's there to report on Zimbabwe's national "healing process".
There's clearly a lot of "healing "to do - not least between the BBC and the Zimbabwe government, as well as between the different factions in Zimbabwe itself.
In time, I hope we may be able to open a bureau in Harare, and we can report from Zimbabwe as we do from most other places around the world.
For now, we're pleased at being able to operate openly in Zimbabwe once again - our presence there this week, is a welcome, constructive, and important first step.
Jon Williams is the BBC World News Editor.