The Belfast Telegraph report:

BBC Northern Ireland spent more than £350,000 securing the silence of 13 staff with controversial gagging orders, it can be revealed. 

The corporation admitted most of its “compromise agreements” included confidentiality and non-derogatory clauses, meaning employees cannot speak publicly about their experiences.

It will raise suspicions that some cases of bullying or harassment may have been kept under wraps because of the payments.

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