State censorship: Tory minister slams Home Sec’s plan to sanitize UK TV shows

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter.

Former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in March to express his opposition to May’s proposal to give British broadcast regulator Ofcom new censorship powers.

Javid, who was appointed Business Secretary after the election, said the Home Secretary’s plans represented a threat to freedom of speech in the UK.

May proposed to give Ofcom the power to vet television shows before they are broadcast, a plan Javid expressed strong opposition to.

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