Sunday 22 April 2018

Colum Kenny: Celebrities can't muzzle the internet

Even sulking celebs who succeed in gagging the print media cannot close up the world wide web, writes Colum Kenny

LAST WEEK, two more Premiership football players fought to stop the media revealing their identity. The two players, both said to be England Internationals, are hoping to avoid the fate of former English captain John Terry -- who earlier this year failed to prevent details of his relationship with another player's ex-girlfriend from being splashed across national newspapers.

The fight in London last week involved a gagging order, one of those so-called "super" injunctions. These allow celebrities not only to stop the reporting of their activities, but also to stop the media from even naming the celebrity as someone who has sought such an order. So far, the footballers in the new cases have not been identified.

Footballers, golfers and others have been rushing to court in growing numbers to get gagging orders. But the tide may be turning against them, as the British judge now largely responsible for media cases, Michael Tugendhat, is less inclined than his predecessor to muzzle the media.

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