Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gagging Order: Ian Tomlinsons attacker PC Simon Harfood face' s public grilling...

A gagging order has been passed stopping the media publishing material relating to the Ian Tomlinson case.

The Mail can reveal today that  the reporting restrictions prevent the disclosure of information which is overwhelmingly in the public interest.

However, we are prohibited from revealing what the material concerns.It cannot even be reported why the ruling was made by the Coroner, Judge Peter Thornton QC, or when it will be lifted.

Publication of the actual ruling itself is also prohibited. The move is seen as yet another example of excessive court secrecy.

There has been an avalanche of celebrity super-injunctions, which has raised fears of the introduction of privacy law by the back door.

Nearly 30 footballers, actors and television presenters have won injunctions in recent weeks, muzzling the press from printing details of their sexual indiscretions.

Lib Dem MP John Hemming has condemned the use of super-injunctions, which he says have been ‘thrown around like confetti’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383678/G20-inquest-Ian-Tomlinsons-attacker-PC-Simon-Harwood-face-public-grilling.html#ixzz1LxlDIraa