March 02, 2007

Breaking: Injunction slapped on BBC over Cash–For–Honours story

Breaking NewsFrom BBC News Online:

The Attorney General has obtained an injunction against the BBC to stop it broadcasting an item about the cash for honours investigation. The injunction was obtained on Friday night at a hearing which lasted around two hours at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The Attorney General was successful in obtaining an injunction against the BBC. The BBC said its reporting of the story is a matter of public interest. (Link)

It hardly needs to be said the Attorney General is not exactly an unbiased observer to proceedings in the Cash for Honours investigation.

Interestingly, the BBC accompany this story with a picture of Ruth Turner, the head of Government Relations who has been arrested in relation to the Cash for Honours saga.

It sounds like something big could be brewing.

Edit (22:20): I’m convinced the story’s to do with Ruth Turner. The photo’s disappeared.

Edit (22:38): Benedict White suggests the banned report was about a leaked e-mail concerning Lord Levy.

Edit (06/03/07): So it was about Ruth Turner then. You read it here first.


- 4 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. PT's sock-puppet

    You might need to change your anti-spam question soon. Theatrical?

    02 Mar 2007, 22:32

  2. Bob

    Isn’t it about time Tony Blair did the decent thing and resigned the government?

    02 Mar 2007, 22:46

  3. Max Hammond

    I’d be careful what you put up here – a basic principle of law in the UK is that an injunction against one is an injunction against all…

    03 Mar 2007, 17:22

  4. My understanding is that the BBC and its public interest line may not be the injured party here. Apparently, if the BBC broadcasts this story it could jeopardise a future trial, according to the Attorney-General, and we know how keen the courts are on protecting the rights of the accused, do we not. However, the BBC probably doesn’t care about a trial, it just wants to be first to break the story.

    05 Mar 2007, 11:12


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