Gagging order should be lifted on famous couple in threesome scandal – appeal judges

By admin
19 April 2016

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales have ruled to lift an injunction preventing the English tabloid Sun of Sunday from publishing an article identifying the famous couple who had a threesome.

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales have ruled in favour of the English tabloid Sun of Sunday's bid to be allowed to run an article about the famous couple who had a threesome.

However, the couple still could not be identified pending a possible appeal.

The ruling comes after senior English judges revealed how it was a "hopeless task" to keep the lid on the celebrity threesome scandal that has made headlines in recent works.

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According to Lord Justice Jackson, "Much of the harm which the injunction was intended to prevent has already occurred."

“It is in my view inappropriate (some may use a stronger term) for the court to ban people from saying that which is common knowledge."

For the past few weeks, English media have criticised the "unfair" gagging order, pointing out that overseas media have been running stories with the couple's identities exposed, exacerbated by the spread of information in the age of the internet.

Lawyers representing the News Group Newspapers (NGN), the publisher of the Sun on Sunday, argued that the gagging order was now worthless since the names were already out there.

Although the couple's lawyers responded that a certain level of privacy could still be achieved for their clients if the gagging order remains in the UK, the court has ruled against the gagging order.

They said the media had “whipped up the current debate and encouraged their readers to search online for the protected information."

“[The press] are putting pressure on the court to set aside the injunction, by a series of articles ridiculing the decision.”

Sources: politico.eu, theguardian.com

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