Recall Petition in Brecon and Radnorshire

Parliament.jpgA Recall Petition opens in the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency on Thursday 9 May closing at 5pm on Thursday 20 June (i.e. a six weeks period).

This is the third 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 six 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 weeks period. If in doubt, contact Ric Bailey for further advice.

Reporting IS

Pile of Editorial Guidelines

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.

Guidelines on language around terrorism can be found in Sections 11.4.5 and 11.4.6 of the Editorial Guidelines. Specific Guidance can be found here.

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