BBC wins right to film prisoner

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The Independent Online

A terror suspect who has been held without trial for seven years, pending deportation to the US, can give a filmed interview to the BBC, the High Court has ruled.

The case of Babar Ahmad, 37, of Tooting, south-west London, was so exceptional that the justice ministry's ban on the interview was a "disproportionate interference with freedom of expression" and must be quashed, said Mr Justice Singh and Lord Justice Hooper. But the BBC's victory should not set a precedent for allowing journalists access to prisoners, they added.