Section 11: War, Terror and Emergencies

Demonstrations, Disturbances and Riots


Comprehensive coverage of demonstrations, disturbances and riots is an important part of our news reporting.  However, in addition to the specific guidelines concerning accuracy and impartiality (see 11.4.2 above), it is important that:

  • we assess the risk that, by previewing likely prospects of disturbances, we might encourage them
  • we withdraw immediately if we suspect we are inflaming the situation
  • when reporting live, we must either install a delay, or cut away and record material for use in an edited report, if the level of violence or disorder becomes too graphic.