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RELEASE TIME: 5 November 2012

[frame align=”right”]CIoJ logo [/frame]In the wake of the Savile scandal, the Chartered Institute of Journalists has supported the corporation’s integrity as a newsgatherer.

An emergency motion passed by the Institute’s annual meeting in London on Saturday [Oct 27] said: “This conference has full confidence in the integrity of the newsgathering and journalistic activity of the BBC.”

It was moved by the chairman of the Institute’s broadcasting division, Paul Leighton, a former BBC newsreader.

Leighton said that the actions of BBC management in blocking the Newsnight investigation in Savile should not reflect on the journalists working on the programme, who would have been frustrated by the bosses’ action.

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