You might wonder where the reporting of the Brexit court case in the mainstream media has disappeared to. Other than the Daily Mail Online and the Daily Express, and a couple of fringe papers like Polish Express, there has been nothing said about it. As Brexit is supposedly the key story of the time, this is indeed odd. It did cross my mind that a D-Notice has been issued.
Not many people are aware but a government body has powers to prevent any story from getting into newspapers, both national and local, and of course television. As the government has secretly signed Britain to become part of an EU Army, the fact that legally we have already withdrawn from the EU, could be seen as an issue that could compromise current military and intelligence operations.
This article from 2008 in the Telegraph gives the idea of what kind of supervision ties the hands of mainstream media.
Media could face reporting ban on issues of national security
Plans for the security services and police to be given new legally-binding powers to ban the media from reporting matters of national security are being drawn up, it was claimed today.
The proposal is said to feature in a report due before the end of the year from the cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee, parliamentary watchdog of the intelligence and security agencies.
According to The Independent newspaper, unnamed sources at Whitehall say that the ISC will urge ministers to set up a commission to look into the proposal.
The ISC is appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and reports directly to him.
Its membership is made up of long-standing and trusted members of the major parties and it is chaired by former Foreign Office minister Kim Howells.
It receives secret briefings from MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and is highly influential in forming government policy.
The existing DA-Notice system is operated on a voluntary basis and overseen by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (DPBAC), which brings together officials and representatives of the media.
Under this code of conduct, the Government can request that the media does not report a story which could compromise UK military and intelligence operations or lead to attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure or endanger lives.
However, the committee is concerned about leaks which could hinder investigations.
Civil liberties groups have called for further discussion of the issue, saying that the restrictions could damage public accountability.
A spokesman for the human rights group Liberty, said: “There is a difficult balance between protecting integrity and keeping the public properly informed. Any extension of the DA-Notice scheem requires a more open parliamentary debate.”
A spokesman for the Cabinet Office, which provides secretariat services for the ISC, declined to comment on the report, as did two members of the committee.