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Repeal law that allows ‘Super Injunctions’

Comment 7th July 2010

Taken straight from Wikipedia as I am too lazy and unknowledgeable to do my own:

In England and Wales a new form of injunction known as a "super-injunction" is a form of gagging order in which the press is prohibited from reporting even the existence of the injunction, or any details of it. An example was the super-injunction raised in September 2009 by Carter Ruck solicitors on behalf of oil trader Trafigura, prohibiting the reporting of an internal Trafigura report into the 2006 Ivory Coast waste scandal. The existence of the super-injunction was only revealed when it was referred to in a parliamentary question (mention in which Parliamentary Privelage permits the disclosure without being held in contempt of court), which was circulated on the internet, leading to the injunction being varied (before it could be challenged in court) to permit reporting of the question

Why does this matter?

"Super Injunctions" completely go against Freedom of Speech. I understand the need for injunctions on reporting in certain circumstances, but these should not be extended to footballers having affairs and oil traders causing untold damage. Injunctions against reporting a certain case is one thing, but to ban anyone from even referring to the injunction means secrecy and the courts can be bought.

Freedom of speech should be one of the cornerstones of a modern democracy.


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