Section 11: War, Terror and Emergencies

Threats and Hoaxes


If we receive a bomb warning or other credible and specific threat, whether by phone, fax, email, text message, posted to a message board or received by tape, the first priority is to pass it on to the appropriate authorities.  We must not reveal the current code-words normally used by groups giving bomb warnings.


We must not reveal security details or other sensitive information not widely in the public domain which might assist an attack.


We do not normally report threats against named individuals unless they have produced a visible effect, such as the cancellation of a public appearance.


We must take care not to identify individuals or organisations, who would not otherwise be in danger, as possible targets unless there is an overriding editorial justification.  For example, this may include companies or employees engaged in testing on animals or undertaking work for military establishments. 


We do not normally report incidents which turn out to be hoaxes unless they have had a serious and evident effect, such as major and highly visible transport disruption.