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BBC Wins Right to Use Jockey Club Documents

13 September 2002

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the BBC: "The BBC has won a High Court battle for the right to use secret documents from the Jockey Club's former security chief in a Panorama programme about corruption in racing.

"A judge said the move was `in the public interest' because of the `existence, or apparent existence, of wide-scale corruption within racing'.

"Security guard Roger Buffham wanted to provide the programme with documents he had obtained while he worked for the racing regulator.

"They contained information said to have been from confidential sources concerning either alleged links between racing and various criminal elements, or alleged links between racing and Chinese gambling groups in Hong Kong and the UK.

"But on 31 May, the club was granted an injunction binding Mr Buffham to a confidentiality agreement he had signed when he left his job in August last year.

"…But the BBC challenged the injunction in the High Court.

"…Mike Robinson, editor of Panorama, said the programme-makers were delighted.

"…`We always believed we were right to raise questions about the racing industry and its management by the Jockey Club,' he said.

"…The documentary will be broadcast during the next season of the programme which begins next month."

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