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More than five years into the destruction and suffering
of the Syrian civil war, are we getting a full picture
We speak to the BBC Middle East editor about the challenges
of reporting on such a harrowing conflict.
Was this the voice of a new Nobel laureate for literature
First, it was surprising to hear on Thursday that the top story
At least until it became clear was the real subject matter
The spread was one of the number of brands withdrawn from the Tesco
online site after a dispute over prices with a supplier,
Unilever, pointing to the sharp drop in the value of the pound
which many attributed to the government permitted that
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
Other comments made on that tape by the US presidential candidate
were summarised in a way that concerned this viewer.
News reports used the terms 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 or grabbed them.
If this were true, it would constitute sexual assault.
To say that Trump boasted of sexual assault would
To refrain from describing it in those terms is to commit
It is to accept a misogynistic linguistic framing and it is to
betray victims who need to hear that there is recourse in law
The announcement on Thursday that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize
for literature caused much discussion.
After watching the news at six, some viewers were wondering
Bob Dylan, like Shakespeare, has the knack for coining 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
No, because as one person on Twitter put it, the last 20 seconds
on the Nobel Prize featured footage of not the man himself
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
Now, since the ceasefire in Syria broke down,
the second city, Aleppo, has been under intense bombardment.
Political and diplomatic arguments have raged
over who bears responsibility and how it might be resolved.
After five years of war, a solution seems further
During the recent pause in fighting, our Middle East editor,
I couldn't cross into eastern Aleppo.
This was close to the front line in the old city,
a tangle of mediaeval alleys that used to be the greatest souk
The old city was an extraordinary human creation, now
This child was leaving hospital for his new life.
It will be without his arm, and without his four cousins
For reasons of logistics and safety, 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
Well, to discuss the challenges of reporting from Syria,
Jeremy Bowen 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
There are basically two ways of getting into Syria
One is with a visa and reporting from the government side in the main
and the other way in was mainly over the Turkish border
That access is almost ceased because it is too dangerous.
The chances of running into jihadists who will harm
When I report from Syria, I am reporting from
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
Those are some of the most distressing images.
Some viewers are concerned that we are getting a distorted
We get this footage coming from the rebel side of casualties.
The message being the bombs are being dropped by
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
It is representative, I think, to use pictures of children.
They can be more shocking, but war is shocking.
There is a difficult issue about what you show.
There is also a concern of when you show 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
The argument about how much blood and gore reality to show is one
It is a constant discussion, and I have had many discussions over
many years from many wars with programme editors
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
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 complex
with many jihadist groups on the ground.
The news should not be about good people versus bad people.
An intro gives you a flavour and it is not the whole story.
You 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
That is difficult because not everybody watches the news
with the same obsessive zeal 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 try 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 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
You have to be careful with your words and good interviews
and good sound, and sometimes we succeed and sometimes we don't.
Finally, when presenters read the headlines on a busy news
programme they hope and assume that the pictures being run
by the studio gallery bear relation to the words they are saying.
It doesn't always work out like that.
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
We have clearly run the wrong pictures over
We will be talking later about the escaped
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An autumnal week all in all across the UK.
Mainly due to easterly winds which we have had.
We will start to see some changes over the weekend.