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between environmentalists and the oil industry. At 10pm we will have a


full round-up of the news today. Now on BBC News, it is time for


Newswatch. Hello and welcome to Newswatch,


with me Samira Ahmed. The annual scrutiny of who wears


a poppy on BBC News and when. What are


the rules governing presenters First, though, the crash last


Saturday of a Russian aircraft flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St


Petersburg, which killed all of the 224 people on board, has dominated


the news agenda this week, with the emphasis midweek shifting to


the fate of British holiday-makers Their plight was described


on Thursday's News at 6 as follows: British tourists remain stranded


in Sharm el-Sheikh, as the Prime Minister points towards


a terror attack having brought One word in that headline, also used


widely elsewhere, was picked up on And Leslie Carter


from Suffolk had this to say: Reporting


from Sharm el-Sheikh airport on Thursday evening, was Mark, who was


filming himself on a mobile phone. This is the scene today from Sharm


el-Sheikh International Airport. The flight behind me, people waiting


to go through security We are filming fairly discreetly


because the authorities don't want We saw one journalist team have


their cameras for over an hour while police


checked our phones documents. Well, having watched that, Rob


Robinson e-mailed us as follows: One of the difficult issues


in covering such a distressing story is the use of photographs posted


on social media, often only hours before the moment of death and early


on in the week the focus of some Newswatch viewers was on


the pictures used in the aftermath of the plane crash, with Constance


objecting to the use of photographs of two children taken just


before they boarded the flight: Pam Young's concern was about the


shot of one particular image seen We put those points to BBC News


and they told us: Elsewhere this week, we


heard criticism of this. You are talking about the Burberry


campaign, which is their Christmas The item on Wednesday's Breakfast on


BBC One was described by Michael as: We put that point to Breakfast


and they told us: On the same programme, there was


a discussion about pancreatic cancer I am sorry we are right out of time,


thank you. The Victoria Derbyshire programme is


on at 9.15am this morning and Richard from Salisbury reacted


as follows: This is the response to


that point from Breakfast: As we approach Remembrance Sunday


this weekend, the question of who does, or does


not, wear a poppy to commemorate soldiers who have died in war is


creating its annual controversy. This year, politicians have come


under particular scrutiny. Just after he was elected Labour


leader, Jeremy Corbyn found himself in a row over whether he would wear


a red or a pacifist white poppy This week David Cameron was


ridiculed after his office admitted it had photoshopped an image of


a poppy onto the Prime Minister's Those appearing on television come


under particular scrutiny with the actress Serena Miller facing


criticism on social media after featuring poppyless as a guest


on last week's Graham Norton show. Nearly all BBC News presenters and


reporters and most interviewees wear poppies on air and when they don't


viewers are quick to complain. But others, such as Grant Buckley,


object to what they see as To explain and discuss the BBC's


policy on poppies, I am joined by the corporation's


director of editorial policy Anyone may wear a poppy if they wish


to, but we denote a time during which poppies can be worn because we


noticed a few years ago that people were beginning to wear poppies


earlier in the year and in order to control that we decided that we


would set dates during which poppies can be worn and it is to two to two


and a half weeks before Is there a requirement or


an expectation that presenters and guests should wear a poppy on


air? There is no requirement,


no one is required to wear one, no one who works for


the BBC is required to wear one and Expectations depend on the


individuals concerned and what they feel are the expectations on them,


but no one is told in the BBC that If you are relaxed about poppies,


which some people say are a political statement,


where is the line on things like AIDS ribbons or charity wristbands


or even something like a CND badge? I don't think we would agree that


these are a political statement. The reason why the BBC allows


poppies to be worn and has since the 1920s is because they are an act


of remembrance for those who died initially in the First World War and


those who've died in subsequent wars or sacrificed in some way


in those world wars. At the same time, because of our


partnership with the Royal British L it means the money donated


for the purchase of poppies is used to support service men and women who


may have fallen on hard times or may need support in some other way or


form. I don't think we can say it is


a political statement, We have certain partner charities in


the BBC, like Children in Need or Comic Relief or the Royal British


Legion, who we permit to be promoted on our airwaves and a lot of others


that we don't, simply because if we allowed everybody to wear charitable


insignia and to promote their charities on-air we would


have unfairness developing between charities and we try to sponsor


charities, by and large, they make donations to other charities in


grants and so forth, like Children in Need, so we support as broad a


range of charities as possible, Some viewers say that you could be


forgiven for thinking there is a rule on wearing poppies because how


often do we ever see a presenter or a guest without one and indeed in


every studio, including this one, we have a box with poppies in case


you have forgotten to buy one. That is part of our partnership with


the British Royal Legion and we allow poppies to be sold on our


premises and we do not allow that to We do allow them to be sold but it


still is an individual decision. These days, people get very


exercised about the details, like which side you pin it on


and how you wear it, even the angle of it, left or right for women,


does the BBC worry about that? We have never issued any


instructions about how to do it, it is up to each individual how


they wear the poppy. I think the important thing,


and everyone would agree on this, is that if you are wearing one you


are showing respect to people who have made the ultimate sacrifice


in defence of this country or have suffered in some other way in doing


that and that is what it is about. Precisely how you wear it,


I suspect, for most people is not Finally, the BBC assistant political


editor, Norman Smith, sometimes has a colourful turn of phrase and he


deployed it on Wednesday after what he saw as a successful statement


from the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on the Government's draft


Investigatory Powers Bill. The Home Secretary can properly


afford to go back to her office, kick off her kitten heels, pour


yourself a large cup of tea and maybe help herself to a Jammy Dodger


or something, because she seemed to fairly successfully diffuse what was


potentially going to be an extraordinarily difficult


parliamentary moment. Do is tell us your thoughts


about that and all you heard We would also welcome your views


on BBC News and current affairs output and volunteers to appear


on the programme. Our telephone number


and email address are on screen. You can find us on Twitter


and do look at our website. That is all from us, we will be back


to hear your thoughts about BBC News We will have tonight's FA Cup


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