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Rise of the superinjunction: libel, privacy and press freedom under fire in the UK

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Rise of the superinjunction: libel, privacy and press freedom under fire in the UK

Post by Jill Havern on 15.04.10 8:53

Frontline Club in London hosted a debate on the use of super-injunctions last night with Guardian investigations editor David Leigh, Carter-Ruck partner Nigel Tait, science writer Simon Singh and David Hooper, a media law specialist and partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.

(Video available on Joana's site)

«It's one of the world's oldest surviving democracies, but just how free is the British media? Law firms can and do serve newsdesks with so-called superinjunctions banning all mention of their client or of the writ itself.

Lawyers acting for footballer John Terry and oil trader Trafigura [Carter Ruck] both tried this tactic to stop unfavourable coverage - only for the facts to eventually trickle into the public domain.

Are these strong-arm tactics a threat to press freedom? Or simply an inevtiable response to the irresponsible, scandal-obsessed British newspapers? And more importantly, how can lawyers and judges expect to keep allegations secret when it only takes one person and a broadband connection to publish them around the world in seconds.»

from Frontline Club

MPs' verdict on News of the World phone-hacking scandal: Amnesia, obfuscation and hush money
Carter Ruck and Trafigura: Dirty Tricks and Toxic Waste in the Ivory Coast
Trafigura and the Minton Report: 'Super injunction' was lifted after the horse had bolted
The Day Twitter Destroyed a Gagging Order
Note to Trafigura/Carter Ruck: you can’t suppress Twitter

HoC Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Second Report on Press standards, privacy and libel
The McCanns' Injunction: Quotes by the Defence Lawyers
The Temporary Injunction: Granted on September 9, 2009
McCann couple demands books to be fully destroyed
To forbid or not to forbid books is still a question
The Temporary Injunction: Granted on September 9, 2009
McCanns' pain doesn't justify censorship effort
Kate and Gerry McCann Threaten to Sue Bloggers
A Censurable Censure

Related Sites on Media, Press & Citizen Freedom of Speech
Index on Censorship
Article 19
Libel Reform Campaign
Tabloid Watch
UK Freedom of Information Blog
Inform Blog
Private Eye
Don't Get Fooled Again
Bad Science [Ben Goldacre's blog]
Political Scrapbook
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Re: Rise of the superinjunction: libel, privacy and press freedom under fire in the UK

Post by Judge Mental on 16.04.10 1:03

Watch out for Mitchell, no matter which political party gets the keys to govern next time.

This man knows the darkest secrets of all the top political and influential figures. He is becomingly increasingly dangerous as each year goes by. His primary job is to protect them

I would urge anybody planning to vote for the Tories and their promise to bring back the despicable crime of fox-hunting, to write to Cameron urgently, and advise him that unless he dismisses Mitchell forthwith, he can kiss their vote goodbye.

He is still in charge of media-monitoring, and he is more of an arse-licker today than he has ever been.
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