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travel between the two countries. More news at the top of the hour,


but first, here is News watch. Hello and welcome to News watch.


More than five years into the destruction and suffering of the


Syrian civil war, are we getting a full picture of the conflict? We


speak to the BBC Middle East editor about the challenges of reporting on


such a harrowing conflict. He is a contemporary chronicler. It was the


voice of a new Nobel laureate for literature or a bad impersonator?


First, it was surprising to hear on Thursday that the top story on many


bulletins was about Marmite. At least it until it became clear


was... Brexit was the real story. The spread was one of the number of


brands withdrawn from the Tesco online site after a dispute over


prices with a supplier, pointing to the sharp drop in the Valley of the


pound which many attributed to the government permitted that Britain


would leave the EU. The story the BBC brook which disclosed


negotiations between Unilever and Tesco caused a significant drop in


shares of both companies. There was panic buying of goods in a certain


stories. The news last week and was dominated by the release of the


video in which Donald Trump boasted that his fame meant he could do


anything to women. Other comments made by the US presidential...


Comments were summarised. News reports used the term is groping and


lewd behaviour. What Donald Trump did was to claim he repeatedly uses


his powerful position to harass and assault women. He said he just


walked up to them and kissed them were grabbed them. If this were


true, it would constitute sexual assault. To say that trouble boasted


of sexual assault would certainly enrage him. But that is what he has


done. To refrain from describing it in those terms is to commit an act


of cowardice. It is to accept a misogynistic linguistic framing and


it is to betray victims who need to hear that there is recourse in law


for this kind of behaviour. The announcement on Thursday that Bob


Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for literature caused much discussion.


Art is their exquisite literature? After watching the news at six, some


viewers were wondering if Bob Dylan was really Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan,


like Shakespeare, has the knack for coin a phrase which becomes part of


everyday speech. He has his own sense of meter and rhyme, metaphor


and meaning. He is a contemporary chronicler, storyteller, moralist


and poet whose work and words have changed attitudes and lives. Now,


his vocal style is not exactly classical but those who sing as


badly as that? No, because as one person on Twitter product, the last


20 seconds on the Nobel Prize featured footage of not the man


himself but a Dylan impersonator. Keith added, what a shame that the


film footage concluded with someone doing a third rate impression of the


great man. BBC News held their hands up to the mystic to us at the end of


the Bob Dylan package some archive footage which had been incorrectly


labelled as him was used. This was a production error which was rectified


for the ten o'clock news. Now, since the ceasefire as stored in Syria


broke down, the second city, a level, has been under intense


bombardment. Political and diplomatic arguments have raged for


whom there is responsibility and how it might be resolved. After five


years of war, a solution seems further away than ever. During the


recent deposit fighting, our Middle East editor, reported from Aleppo. I


couldn't cross into eastern Aleppo. This was close to the front line in


the old city, a tangle of medieval alleys that used to be the greatest


souk in the Levant. The old city was an extraordinary human creation, now


it is empty and dead. Nature of child was leaving hospital for his


new life. It will be without his arm and without his four cousins who


were killed when he was wounded. For reasons of logistics and 70, media


access to Syria has been irregular and difficult and some viewers have


told us they are concerned that the BBC is providing an incomplete or


even distorted view of the conflict. There is much reporting on the


terrible bombing in Aleppo in rebel held areas, but I am also interested


in what is happening to civilians on the Syrian army side. What people on


the opposite side think of their government's actions and what


attacks rebels and terrorist groups are making on the Syrian army held


areas. A more rounded reporting of the situation from different


perspectives is needed to better understand the crisis. And Clive put


it like this, the footage shown is almost exclusively from the eastern


Aleppo rebel side without a mention that there are government areas with


civilian victims of shelling or suicide bombing on a regular basis,


mainly children are selected for maximum emotional effect when the


majority of casualties are adults, including many Cine jihadists. Well,


to discuss the challenges of reporting from Syria, Jeremie Boga


joins us now from Cardiff. Most reports that we get here tend to be


from the rebel side. How far do you try to get access to the government


side? Most of the reporting I have done since I went after the war


started has been from the government side. They are basically two ways of


getting into Syria since the war began. One is with the Visa and


reporting from the government side in the main and the other way in and


was mainly over the Turkish border without a visa onto the rebel side.


That access is almost ceased because it is too dangerous. The chances of


running into jihadists Pujara journalists are very great. They


kidnap rate is enormous. When I report from Syria, I am reporting


from the government side. The worry I have had is that I have not been


able to report from the rebel held side and that when we use pictures


from the rebel side it is pictures we have sourced ourselves rather


than directly filming them ourselves. Those are some of the


most distressing images. Some viewers are concerned that we are


getting a distorted view of the conflict. We get this footage coming


from the rebel side of casualties. The message being the bombs are


being dropped by Russians and Syrians. What is your view? There


are distressing pictures from both sides. In that clip of mine, the


wounded boy, he lived in government-held territory and was


hurt by a shell that, his family said, came from a place held by the


jihadists of Islamic State. It is representative, I think, to use


pictures of children. They can be more shocking, but war is shocking.


War is barbaric. There is a difficult issue about what we


should. There is also a concern of when you shall such distressing


images, of viewers feeling hopeless about it, also a fear of the


desensitising with this torrent of distressing images. I think it is up


to people like myself to report in such a way that people don't get


desensitised. The argument about how much blood and gore reality to show


is one we have constantly. It is a constant discussion and I have had


many discussions over many years from many waters with programme


editors about how much we show. Generally speaking, the people in


the field want to show more than the people who edit the programmes are


prepared to show and in an ideal world you get some sort of a happy


medium between the two. Yes, it is shocking, but it is real. One other


concern we have heard, and I have heard it expressed by former


diplomats, is that the introductions to news items about Syria often


oversimplify and they talk about rebels versus Assad and Russia, but


the reality is more conjugated with many jihadists groups on the ground.


How does it look to you? The news should not be about good people


versus bad people. An injury gives you a flavour and it is not the


whole story. You have to take the hole. We have to take the whole in


more than one piece because I try to look at the number of pieces I have


done from one reporting trip rather than one individual report. That is


difficult because not everybody watches the news with the same


obsessive seems that journalists do, but you cannot get everything in


every piece. What I try to do and this is the challenge of TV


reporting, I tried to do a story which has got something in it with


someone who is interested but doesn't know much will get and learn


something and come away a bit wiser. It will also, at the same time, have


something in it that the top diplomat at the Foreign Office who


deals with the Middle East might get and find interesting as well. It


needs to be like a layer cake. That is not an easy thing to do. You need


good material. He have to be careful with your words and good interviews


and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don't. Finally, when


presenters read the headlines on a busy news programme that open assume


that the pictures being run by the studio Gallery their relation to the


words they are saying. It doesn't always work out like that. This is


breakfast. It is half six, it is Friday the 14th of October. We will


be joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and we will talk to


her about plans for a second referendum on independence. We have


clearly run at the wrong pictures over that particular sequence. My


apologies. Restore it we will be talking about later is about the


escaped gorilla at London zoo. Many of those who spotted that trip to


Twitter with Sean posting this. The sturgeon gorilla gaffe must be


irrefutable evidence of BBC bias. Thank you for all of your comments.


If you want to share your opinions on BBC News and current affairs you


can call us on... You can find us on Twitter and to have a look at our


website. The address is on the screen. We will be back to hear your


thoughts about BBC News coverage again next week.


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