Clifford: 'Days are numbered' for super injunctions

PR professionals accept that their power to go to the courts may soon be limited by Parliament.

Max Clifford: injunctions 'days are numbered' (Rex)
Max Clifford: injunctions 'days are numbered' (Rex)

There is widespread agreement among top PR operators that the stand-off between courts and the media cannot continue.

Legendary publicist Max Clifford admitted 'the days of super injunctions are numbered. Parliament will wade in and stop them because it will want to keep Fleet Street happy,' he explained.

Clifford represented a former Big Brother contestant over a story she had a relationship with a Premiership footballer and, while he gave her reputational advice, the footballer had the means to take out an injunction naming her.

Clifford said: 'It's a law for the rich. This is a privacy law that has been developed by lawyers and not politicians. In a democracy that is fundamentally wrong.'

These privacy orders have also come under scrutiny due to a number of false Twitter allegations about injunctions that have seen Jemima Khan and sports presenter Gabby Logan publicly denounce Twitter speculation last week.

PHA Media's Phil Hall concluded: 'The clear solution would be to broaden the powers of the Press Complains Commission and allow it to judge what is truly in the public interest and what remains private and what does not.'

Meanwhile, top celebrity publicists have defended the effectiveness of injunctions.

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