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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

Lord Dyson BBC investigation is a tragedy for journalism

Press Release
Release date: 21 May 2021

The Chartered Institute of Journalists says the profession of journalism must be wholly contrite about the implications of Lord Dyson’s report into the conduct of Martin Bashir and the BBC’s 1995 Panorama interview with the late Diana Princess of Wales.

Institute President, Professor Tim Crook, said: “This is a devastating example of why all levels of journalism must exercise an abiding and uncompromising duty of care to any and every individual we encounter in our everyday lives.

The report highlights deceit, lies and cover-ups which permeated at the heart of the BBC at that time.  Those journalists who sought to stand up to the powers and hierarchy were removed and discarded.  On all levels this is a shocking revelation.

“What is so terribly and sadly apparent is that the consequences, hurt and suffering endure for the family of the late Princess and those who worked for her.”

He added, “The Chartered Institute of Journalists recognises that, as a profession, we can never stop learning new lessons from the mistakes of the past, present and future.”