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Now it's time for News watch. The perils and problems of reporting


from war zones. Welcome along to Newswatch. Coming


up: Journalists under fire. How to convey the full story of conflicts


in Iraq and Syria when access is difficult and dangerous. Fun and


games and pain and heartbreak of England's footballers. A particular


kind of frustration sinews viewers. In the tradition of deranged news


anchors I should ask you to go to your windows and scream I'm mad as


hell and I'm not going to take it any more. He didn't, but it was


goodbye to Jeremy Paxman with a characteristically divided audience


response. BBC teams have been following the


fighting in Iraq between government forces and Islamist militants acid


has got closer to the capital. Paul Wood was caught in the middle of the


conflict. But that seemed to come in from two


or three directions at once. Snipers they said. Which bullets seem to.


They thought they have secured this place, but they've been told there


are 75 vehicles with fighters intercut them. Things are very


fluent here. Half a dozen men are trapped here. You need to find the


most senior commander you can find and get them to get the troops...


Can you hear me? There's no doubting the bravery of


BBC staff covering the turmoil. We will be discussing whether they are


being put in unnecessary danger. There's also the difficulty of


providing balanced coverage under such circumstances. Jill Roach feels


that's not being done. Very much connected with recent


events in Iraq is the three and a half year old war in Syria. In that


context viewers have raised the problems of representing the


complexity of a fast moving conflict when media access is difficult.


Jeremy Bowen reported from the government held city of Aleppo. The


first Western journalist travel there unescorted.


This boy has responsibilities now. That's difficult for a 10`year old


with bad war wounds. He was hurt when a mortar hit his family 's home


this year. East Aleppo is held by rebels. The West side including the


historic citadel is in the hands of the regime. Two years after the


fighting started West Aleppo has only just become accessible to


journalists. There was appreciation for that report from David who said:


Again there was a concern about balance, voiced with some sarcasm


here. Jeremy Bowen reported from a rebel


held suburb of Damascus, but there's another issue highlighted by the


recent coverage in Syria and Iraq, the extent to which graphic images


of fighting should be shown on news. Jenny wrote to us:


Let's go through these issues with Paul Royal, the editor of the ten


o'clock bulletins. Iraq, it's a rapidly developing crisis but many


viewers feel it's creating a black`and`white picture of whose


side we should be on. We tried to be clear with the audience about the


main thrust of the story. At the same time we are trying to deliver


the context and complexity. With a rack we've heard from all sides of


the story. We've had John Simpson talking to both communities. We have


spoken to the Kurdish communities. Syria has been no tourist leader


difficult to report from. Some viewers feel that access, going on


one side or the other innovative piece seems to involve some


compromise about the impartiality of what you say. Impartiality is core


to what we are doing. What Jeremy has managed to do this week with his


reports from Syria is to deliver all sides of the story. I can see where


people are coming from with the anxiety and concern. We look at


pieces closely to ensure there is a balance within it even if we are


being hosted by someone from a particular side. Also impartiality


can play out within one item. It can also be over a couple of days of


coverage. We could be coverage in ` covering a particular incident. We


saw Paul Wood caught in crossfire. Some viewers feel that it's too much


danger and questioned whether he should have been there. Safety for


the news`gathering teams and programme editors in the UK is the


number one priority. That is really important. At the same time covering


war and conflict is something we do. We have really experienced teams.


Paul Wood has covered 12 conflicts. They are properly trained in how to


spot and avoid danger. Proper risk assessment. In this particular case


Paul and his team deliberately stayed away from the front line


because they deemed it too unsafe. Unfortunately there was some stray


fighters who came within their area and they were caught up in it. They


made a deliberate decision not to go to the front line. The ISIS fighters


have uploaded some truly awful video. This is something we think


long and hard about. Is it editorial justified and doesn't aid telling


the story? We have discussions, proper guidelines in place to make


sure we do those decisions properly. Would you show a steal at six or


moving pictures at ten o'clock? Possibly. Every situation is


different. There are warnings and introductions to stories. The


audience will know that something may be coming that they may not wish


to see or prepare themselves for. We always tried to do this in a way


that aids the understanding of the story but doesn't go so far that it


Let us know your thoughts on the or they feel we've crossed a line.


Let us know your thoughts on the ongoing coverage of Iraq or Syria or


any other part of BBC news output. Before that as the football World


Cup is continued so to have complaints from those who are less


than gripped by such issues as whether Wayne Rooney should play on


the left. We've been treated to news of how some England players when


they were in high spirits put the teams Masur in an ice bath to


celebrate his birthday. Brian Bell's response.


Finally it was good night from him for one last time. Jeremy Paxman


Bauder from presenting Newsnight after 25 years. No transfer well but


it contains some fun and games. There was the surprisingly chummy


bike ride with Boris Johnson. The last of several entertaining


encounters they've had. This is a nightmare! Are you sure about this


old man. A brief throwback to the notorious interview with Michael


Howard. Now Michael Howard. Did you stop Lou I didn't, that if you ask


another 11 times. A final of the trademark grumpy and is. Tomorrow's


weather. More of the same. I don't know why they make such a fuss about


it. Appreciation was shown from Jeremy


I'm sure the great Cron Terry and would expect us to reflect some


critical response is. Other viewers have not been such fans.


Controversial to the last. Thank you for your comments. If you want to


share your opinions or appear on the programme you can call us.


That's all from us. We will be back to hear your thoughts next week.


Chris Rogers will be here with the BBC News at nine o'clock. Now for


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