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BBC reflection on handling of a tragic story

The Editors blog at the BBC has quickly established itself as essential reading for anyone interested in the editorial processes of newsrooms. This is exemplified by News 24 controller Kevin Bakhurst’s post on the story of Misbah Rana/Molly Campbell, who left Scotland to go to Pakistan with her father.

It is a human and personal story and a very difficult one for any news organisation. The story, initially reported from the mother’s side, was of a schoolgirl abducted by her father in defiance of a court order. Fears of an arranged marriage were raised.

The following day it became clear that the story was far less simple and even more sad.

Bakhurst reflects on his channel’s coverage. Every student of journalism, and the critics of out business, should read it.

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