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Now, at 10pm, Fiona Bruce will be here with a full round-up of the


news. Now it is time for Newswatch. Hello and welcome to Newswatch


with me, Samira Ahmed. Another argument about privacy


versus the right to know. Should BBC News have been less keen


to follow up last weekend's tabloid And did the BBC help to give these


protesters the oxygen of publicity? First, a subject that is bound


to dominate the news for a while, how and when will we be leaving


the European Union BBC News explored those questions


in depth on Monday in it For Fiona Youlton,


this was overkill: There were more questions


asked about news priorities on Tuesday when the News At Ten led


not on that day's resignation by Keith Vaz or the sentencing


of Anjem Choudary, or reports of chlorine gas attacks


in Syria, but on this. Tonight at Ten: A special report


on the surge in gun violence In Chicago, gun attacks


have increased by nearly Most of the incidents


involve young black men. It will cost you your


life, literally. The city's death toll


from gun violence by the end of August is more than 500,


which is higher That topic occupied the first ten


minutes of the bulletin, to the bemusement


of scores of viewers. One of them, Mike Cartwright,


recorded his thoughts on camera: My friends and I were watching


the ten o'clock evening news on Tuesday, and we were


puzzled to say the least. Why was the Chicago gun crime


story leading the news? There was no obvious peg


to hang it on. It had not come to the forefront


of the American elections. The figures, though shocking


and depressing, seemed a bit new. It had all the hallmarks of a story


dragged to the front of the news Or perhaps it was an extract


from a Panorama special. Whatever, it stood out


like a sore thumb. Thank you to Mike Cartwright


for that, and we had another viewer's contribution


after a demonstration from the Black Lives Matter


at London's City Airport led Tuesday's News At One


reported on the incident. It is not clear how some protestors


got onto the runway. Some reports suggest they swam


across the Thames to get there. We have called for a shutdown


of London City Airport because the climate crisis


is a racist crisis. From Newham to New Orleans,


time and again, we see the environmental cost


of the aviation industry hitting working-class communities


of colour first and hardest. Trevor Bell was one of a number


of viewers who contacted I was concerned this week


about the midweek lunchtime news where they were reporting


the invasion of London City Airport by the Black Lives


Matter protest group. They inconvenienced many travellers


and their activity was illegal to get onto the runway


in the first place. On the lunchtime news,


they gave them several moments of unchallenged free publicity


to air their views. What should have happened was people


did not need to know what protest they were campaigning for, just


the fact there had been a protest. Surely, from now on,


anybody, whatever their views may be, could invade something and do


an illegal activity and be given Do record on camera or just e-mail


us your thoughts on any Details of how to contact us coming


up at the end of the programme. Now, scandals involving the private


lives of politicians have been a staple diet for tabloid Sunday


newspapers over the years, and they can lead BBC News to having


difficult decisions about the extent to which they should


follow up such stories. Last weekend's example involved


the Labour MP Keith Vaz, long-standing chairman


of the Home Affairs The Sunday Mirror reported


that he had paid for the services of male prostitutes,


but initially the BBC seemed reluctant to repeat the allegations,


prompting an exchange on Twitter By Sunday evening, BBC One's late


news bulletin was showing a report There was no sign of him at home


today, his career in trouble because of allegations


in the Sunday Mirror. The allegations allege that


Keith Vaz paid for two Eastern European male escorts


to visit him one evening last month According to the paper,


Mr Vaz said his name was Jim, It alleges they discussed


using the party drug poppers. As the pressure on Mr Vaz grew


in the following couple of days, resulting in his resignation


on Tuesday from his select committee There was a suggestion that the MP


had broken any laws, and he called it "deeply disturbing"


at the Sunday Mirror should have paid male prostitutes to record


a conversation with him secretly. That prompted D Wood


from Cheshire to write to us: To explore those questions,


I have with me the BBC's editor There seems to have been


a BBC reluctance to take Given it broke on a Saturday night,


were you squeamish? I think a story like this is really


important to take enough time with it and get it right


and know what we are doing. That is true of any


story but particularly We have to be right


when we put it on air. It came in very late on Saturday


night into Sunday morning, and actually we had it on air


on Radio 4 news bulletins at 9am. It was on Andrew Marr


during the newspaper review and then it was picked up by the News Channel


at 10.15 and run from there. Then the bulletins ran


it from that time. So, absolutely, I think it is right


for us to be defending opposition These are really serious allegations


that a very senior member of Parliament faces and it is right


that we take our time I should say at this point


that our competitors, at that point, our main


competitors who are Sky News, they also did not run it


at that time either. I think we were the first to do that


on broadcast news. You know, there was nothing, really,


of any substance on three When did the BBC start making


calls about this story? Was it crucial to speak to Keith Vaz


before the BBC could run that story? I think it is really important


that we did a right to reply to somebody who is involved in those


kinds of allegations. What was the point when you felt,


we can run this story now. I think it is when you have


given enough time. When you have tried all


of the normal press numbers and you have tried the legal


representatives, and it is clear, it is becoming clear,


that they are not And also it is really important,


an important part of the morning that I was doing was talking


to the BBC's lawyers about what we could say


on-air and in what style. Given that the Mirror had the story


originally and the BBC did not. Of course, once you did start


covering it, some viewers have felt that it actually is about private


behaviour that is legal and both in the relationship of paying


for sex and drugs bought. Some would feel that the BBC maybe


should not have been giving it That is why we spend our


time making decisions. First of all, we will make the calls


to see whether we can verify Then it is a separate decision along


editorial guidelines and public interest,


why we take these stories on. In the end, we could review that


Keith Vaz was chair of the select committee that was looking into,


itself, prostitution and drug laws, so there was an immediate


conflict of interest there, We felt that actually


added to the reason Keith Vaz was not denying the story


and, after several calls, many, many calls to himself


and his representatives, we felt that we could run


the story as it was. These decisions are, each of them,


they are individual and each of them That is why we will always


defend not rushing Finally, we must talk


about the biggest political challenge at the moment,


which is covering Brexit. On the one hand, there is huge


uncertainty in on the other hand we have got a prayer ministry


who said she will not be giving a running


commentary on negotiations. Where does that leave the BBC


and its political news service in informing the public


about what is going on? There is a huge amount


of information we need to find out. As you rightly say, we are not


getting a lot of detail at the moment and it is up to us


to do the journalism and try and find out what will be happening


and what will be coming. The next stage will be trying


to explain that to the audience and tell them why it matters to them


and what effect it will have Finally, when we hear breaking


news, we often react But last Friday, users of the BBC


News app were sent this alert, which sent some


into a state of hysteria. Many people tweeted


about their confusion or even alarm, What had happened was


that the alert was not in Arabic but actually in Bengali,


about a police raid It had been mistakenly sent out


to BBC News app subscribers. The BBC apologised,


blaming human error. Thank you for all of your


comments this week. You can share your opinions on


BBC News current affairs by calling Or you can post your


thoughts on Twitter, We will be back to hear your


thoughts again on BBC Coming up in Sportsday,


we will have the latest from Rio, as Paralympics GB continue to win


plenty of medals on day two. Sophie Thornhill


and her guide Helen Scott


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