There is no doubt the BBC’s coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home caused the singer considerable distress. And the normally staid broadcaster erred on the side of sensationalism in its reporting. For Sir Cliff this has been a difficult period, which at one point left his reputation and career on the line. He has now been awarded substantial compensation, but the ruling has dangerous repercussions for press freedom . The judgment against the BBC threatens to impose a blanket ban on naming any suspect in a police investigation. This could make it impossible, for instance, to name a teacher suspected of child abuse charges even though he could possibly pose a risk to other children. Moreover, it could seriously disadvantage police investigations as withholding names could prevent other victims of crime or witnesses coming forward. There will be much sympathy for Sir Cliff. You can understand why he wanted to seek redress for the ordeal he was put through. It is shame it has come at the cost of a judgment that threatens the work of the police and the media. This may be a day of satisfaction for Sir Cliff, but it is dark day for journalism.