Statement from the Bureau’s trustees regarding Lord McAlpine


The Bureau of Investigative Journalism believes in the importance of high quality, accurate investigative journalism and strives to ensure that all of its output and reportage is as incontrovertible as is possible.

The Bureau’s Trustees apologise to Lord McAlpine for the extent to which its contribution to the Newsnight broadcast on 2 November fell short of the high standards it expects and for any incorrect speculation about the identity of the politician that may have been encouraged by the Bureau’s Managing Editor’s tweet in advance of the broadcast.

The Trustees wish to express their concern and sympathy to Mr Messham and all victims involved.


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