BBC clampdown: Boris orders broadcaster gagging order over national security fears

Suella Braverman, the UK’s Attorney General, is set to ask the High Court to grant an injunction to stop a programme that would reportedly identify a spy from airing. If the Attorney General’s application succeeds, the Government could be granted either a full or a temporary injunction. The judge produces two judgments, one which will not disclose any sensitive details.

The other one gives all the details but can only be read by people with security clearance.

The High Court hearing is due to take place on Thursday.

The BBC insists the programme is “overwhelmingly in the public interest”.

However, the Government is set to claim in court that the BBC report, if it is broadcast, presents “a risk to people’s lives”.

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A source speaking to the Daily Telegraph said identifying the spy concerned would have “very serious consequences for the BBC”.

The source added: “It would be ‘a risk to people’s lives’.

“It is really serious there are serious risks.

“The programme would be a massive compromise for our security.

“These people are doing very, very difficult jobs in incredible circumstances.

“They are risking their lives.

“This is not James Bond, these are real people.”

The news comes after the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, confirmed the Government will freeze the BBC Licence Fee for two years.

The fee will not be rising in line with inflation until 2027.

Speaking to Parliament on Monday she said that the future funding of the corporation was up for discussion and a review on its future would start shortly. has contacted the BBC for further comment.

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