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That is the news. It is now time for BBC News watch. What


implications could be let us an Welcome to Newswatch. Since the


phone-hacking scandal emerged earlier this year, addressing


journalists has plummeted. In response to the revelations, the


Prime Minister has set to the left as an inquiry into media ethics


which this week heard witnesses. Although from St by behaviour from


the tabloid press, the inquiry is set to impinge on journalism as a


I cannot think of any conceivable source except those voice messages


on my mobile telephone. It just felt like such an intrusion into a


really, really private grief. The parade of celebrities and other


victims of phone hacking all bore testimony of widespread intrusion


into people's private lives. It was too much for some viewers, who


wrote SVRs, certainly for me the dialler's family, it is disgusting.


But that is on a personal level. The media likes stories about their


own industry. This inquiry is not main news and the media need to


stop acting as if it is the story Where blame should be attached is


just one of the questions the Lord Justice will be facing over the


next few months. His other considerations about the limits and


responsibilities of investigative journalism, how the media should be


policed and how to restore public confidence. These could have


ramifications for many organisations, including the BBC.


To discuss these, and joined the BBC's editor of political standards.


The chair of the media standards trusts and the journalist and chief


Executive of Index On censorship. First of all, are you worried that


there might be some negative implications flowing from this


inquiry that might affect BBC journalism? Yes. This inquiry is


entirely right and these facts of bullying and illegality by tabloid


newspapers needs to be looked at and looked out of very hard. But


there is another type of journalism and my constant complaint about


journalism over many years is not this kind of journalism. It is not


that it is too strong, it is that it is two weeks. If you look back


at the big issues of the last five or 10 years. The bankers, weapons


of mass destruction. These are journalistic, not political points.


Did journalists find out too much or too little?


Is there a danger that BBC journalism could be made even


weaker as a result? I like the unbiased way in which


she asked that question. I would not accept that the BBC's


journalism is weak at the moment. We can always be better. It is very


difficult to disprove that. Where I sit, I do not get the impression


that there is a lack of rigour to the BBC's journalism. Can we do


better? Should we have done better with the bankers? Yes, I would


agree with John. You are interested as a


documentary-maker and a journalist as higher media standards. Are you


worried that there could be on for seen consequences for investigative


journalism arising out of something at this?


The unforeseen consequences in this case might be good. If he actually


manages to cod defied the law on privacy and libel laws and the laws


of confidence, which is the one we use for super injunctions, then


that would be a good thing for us. The one thing that I could see that


would be negative would be that the cost of investigations remains high


but legal threats remain very expensive and as the cuts for the


next couple of years after 2013 - I gather there is another set of cuts


expected - it becomes a vulnerable target. Good investigations are


open-ended. You do not know how much it will cost.


I think Roger makes a very important point. There should be a


reaction that goes beyond what is necessary to solve the problems


that it is addressing and has a chilling effect on those people who


are doing investigated journalism in the public interest.


This is really good stuff. The public interest issue is something


we hope the inquiry will introduce into the next round of legislation.


A proper definition of what the public interest is would help


everybody. At the risk of sounding too


concerned sure, we have been leading the libel reform. The state


of the English defamation what is shocking. It has chilled freedom of


speech for many years, not just for people in the UK but for people


around the world - London has become a town called Sue. We have a


small subsection of the media that his side of control, chasing people


on motorbikes, rusting and haranguing. My real concern, and


particularly at the BBC, there is a web of compliance. There are all


these points that have come out of various mistakes in the past. I do


just worried that apart from programmes like Panorama, which are


correctly held up, and there is a risk for the BBC. There is no


career progression for causing trouble.


Is there a danger that that is true and that after this, it might get


worse? It is a curious time to be


criticising a web of compliance at a moment when there is a complete


lack of compliance that has got the tabloid newspapers and other


outlets into the situation where there having to be investigated. In


those areas, we have those things broadly right. I obviously await


the result of this investigation. The bill be recommendations for


broadcasters which we may want to take into account. Where we may


have to think about what we do is in relation to the use of private


investigators, although we very rarely use them for any


investigative purposes. If anybody is doing something on our behalf


that they are adhering to the same values when we're doing things on


our own behalf. Do you recognise this assertion


that there is up a web of compliance that limits the baldness


of BBC journalism? Speaking with David, whose


department I have worked very closely in a number of quite high


risk programmes, I have have to say I have had both experiences. I got


tremendous report for a big Panorama specials. Compliance has


been terrific. Under previous films about children, fantastic. There


are other times when I thought they have been on the cautious side. It


is an important point. He under Mick -- younger film-makers need to


know what the rules are, where the boundaries are. That is missing.


The short deadlines mean that a lot of press releases just get recycled


the fight anybody thinking where are the primary sources? Have


rechecked this? What are the implications? The combination of


the lack of experience under pressure of deadlines and falling


budgets, that could harm the future of investigative journalism.


There has been some compliance around the stable today! Thank you


very much. The name of a nearly die there has


been back in the news, which On this theme, there is another


See if you can identify the following individuals simply by the


descriptive words used by news And the trial of two men accused of


murdering Stephen Lawrence also elicited another complaint


following an item on the news at six at the end of last week.


Dwayne Brooks wept as he recalled how the pair were attacked by a


gang who hurled racial abuse at them. He gave evidence despite his


father dying last night. This report contains racially offensive


language that is used in court. The use of that racially offensive


Up Wednesday's breakfast had a couple of guests and to talk about


a new TV series. His new series is called the cafe,


set and a cafe. All perfectly interesting, but the


problem and the opinion of some viewers was revealed at the end of


the discussion. You can see them in the Cafe


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