European Parliament Elections
We are now, from Friday 12 April, in the Election Period for the European Elections, due on 23 May. The draft Election Guidelines for the European elections can be found here.
The circumstances of this election in the UK are very unusual, possibly unique, and there are likely to be issues which will require particular and specific consideration. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to refer to your line manager and/or contact Ric Bailey or Matthew Eltringham in Editorial Policy.
If your query is urgent please text Ric or Matthew - numbers are available, including out of normal hours, via Editorial Policy on 02-80819 or 0208 008 1819.
Recall Petition in Peterborough
A Recall Petition opens in the Peterborough constituency on Tuesday 19 March, closing on Wednesday 1 May (a six week period).
This is only the second such petition since the relevant legislation was introduced in 2015 - and there are particular legal and editorial aspects which need to be borne in mind. The legal advice is as follows:
There are automatic reporting restrictions in relation to recall petitions. They state that until the end of the last day of the signing period of the petition we must not publish / broadcast:
- Any statement relating to whether any person has signed the petition where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by that person; or
- Any forecast as to the result of the petition which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given.
If you are planning coverage of the Petition, please pay close attention to this legal restriction, especially with regard to interviews, phone-ins, vox pops etc., as well as any filming at the 10 signing stations in the constituency - and contact the Duty Lawyer or Ric Bailey for more detailed advice.
The Recall Petition may also give rise to impartiality questions with regard to ensuring appropriate levels of prominence during the six week period. If in doubt, contact Ric Bailey for further advice.
May Local Elections in England and Northern Ireland
The Election periods for the local government elections on 2 May in parts of England and all of Northern Ireland begin on Tuesday 26 March (00.01).
The Election Guidelines can be found here.
When talking about IS, Editorial Policy advice is that the term Islamic State should be qualified eg “Islamic State group” or “so called Islamic State”, or “self-style Islamic State”, or “Islamic State fighter, militants, extremists” etc. and then as IS in the rest of the bulletin/body of text. Islamist should be used as the adjective to describe extremism linked to groups like this and not Islamic or Islam. We do not use the name Da'esh for IS but we explain it when others use it.
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