Super-injunctions still advisable says PR academic following Andrew Marr revelation

As Andrew Marr reveals he has taken out a super-injunction, a leading PR academic has advised that the mounting media coverage should not dissuade people from using this controversial media silencing method.

Trevor Morris will not discourage clients from taking out super-injunctions
Trevor Morris will not discourage clients from taking out super-injunctions
BBC presenter Marr said he felt ‘uneasy’ and ‘embarrassed’ about the use of the high court injunction, which he won in 2008 to suppress reports of an extramarital affair.

Marr added that the use of the so-called rich man's gag ‘seems to be running out of control’.

Despite such criticism, visiting professor of public relations at the University of Westminster Trevor Morris said that the media focus would not lead him to discourage people from taking out super-injunctions.

Morris, formerly CEO of Chime PR Group, added: ‘There are no two ways about it – they work. His family were protected and that’s what people claim they are doing it for. The only danger is if people break the injunction.’

Morris’s comments follow growing disquiet at the use of injunctions and super-injunctions to prevent the media from reporting of celebrities' private lives.

It is understood that at least 30 super-injunctions are currently in place in the UK. David Cameron last week warned that judges are creating a new law of privacy ‘rather than parliament’.

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