European Parliament Elections
Following publication of Election Guidelines for the European Elections, further guidance is available. The Guidelines now have an appendix which sets out the electoral context and advice about achieving due impartiality in the very particular circumstances of this election in the UK, including coverage of parties, the coverage of Brexit itself as an election issue, plus the formation of new parties (as well as defections from others). The full guidelines and appendix can be found here.
Further advice is availabe from 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 Brecon and Radnorshire
A 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.
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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Taking examples from a range of genres, this month's meeting will discuss issues around duty of care.
Discussion of the forthcoming European Parliament Elections
This month’s meeting will discuss Freedom of Expression and include music played on the BBC, contributors with extremist views, religious sensitivities, and what constraints, if any, apply to satire.