BBC banned from unmasking ‘dangerous extremist and misogynist’ as alleged M15 informant

Speaking after the court’s decision, a BBC spokesperson said they firmly believe that ‘the problems of coercion controlling women, the abuse of power by men and the failure of public authorities to address them these matters’ are in the ‘highest public interest’

BBC banned from unmasking'dangerous extremist and misogynist' as alleged M15 informant
The BBC has been banned from unmasking an alleged ‘dangerous extremist and misogynist’ as an M15 informant, following a court ruling

The Justice Secretary has won the bid to block the broadcast of a BBC program that could identify a “dangerous extremist and misogynist” believed to be an MI5 informant

The broadcaster will not be able to name a man it believes has taken advantage of his status as an MI5 agent to abuse sexual partners and pose an ongoing threat to women.

A Supreme Court judge has ruled that identifying the man, known only as X, would pose a “real and immediate” risk to his life and safety. ta.

Justice Minister Suella Braverman has applied for an injunction to prevent X’s identity from being revealed during a planned BBC broadcast.

Following the ruling, a BBC spokesperson claimed the rule “does not prevent the BBC from covering key elements of the story”.

Attorney General Suella Braverman has applied for an order


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In a statement sent to PA, a representative for the state-funded broadcaster said: “We have fought the case to try to tell as fully as possible the stories of the two women and their experiences. with X – his abuse of them and his use of his position as a source of MI5 intelligence to coerce and frighten one of them – behavior we say MI5 should have known about and that should have made them stop working with X.

“This is because we firmly believe that these are the issues of greatest public concern – the problems of coercive control over women, the abuse of power by men and the failure of state institutions. in solving these problems.

A spokesman says the BBC ‘believes that it is appropriate to define X’


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The person added: “The BBC also believes that identifying X is appropriate because of us – and more importantly, two separate women, both of whom were abused at his hands and have never met. – believes he is a danger to women and identifying him may alert women who are considering or are currently in a relationship with him.”

In a ruling earlier today (Thursday), Mr Justice Chamberlain said: “Information about X’s identity, in light of the allegation that he is a Chis working or working for MI5, – as BBC accepted – is confidential.

“Although X is said to have revealed it to [his former partner]and she revealed it to the BBC, it is not known beyond a small group of individuals.

BBC can still report ‘key elements of the story’


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“The lawyer has satisfied me that, if it were made public or widely known, there would be a real and immediate danger that X would be killed or seriously injured.”

The BBC can still run programming after the decision, but is prohibited from identifying the alleged informant, or secret source of human intelligence (Chis), known as X during the proceedings.

A spokesman for the broadcaster added that the BBC was “not fully aware” of why the court decided that identifying the accused posed a risk to his safety and national security.

“Ultimately, the court decided that the identification of X posed a risk to his safety and national security,” they told PA earlier today.

“The BBC does not know fully why and nor will the public. This is due to the very unusual fact that a significant proportion of the evidence in this case has gone to a closed trial, which is not the case. not even the BBC as a party is allowed to attend.

“Although we have ‘special advocates’ representing our interests in those closed proceedings, we cannot know anything about the confidential hearing.

“The reasons the BBC couldn’t identify X were largely in the closed court, which we were unable to examine.”

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office told PA: “We welcome today’s ruling.”

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