Parliamentary privilege exposes 'massive double standard' in privacy orders

The unmasking of a footballer yesterday by an MP in Parliament has led PROs to question not only the futility of super-injunctions, but their fundamental fairness.

PM: Superinjunctions are 'unsustainable'
PM: Superinjunctions are 'unsustainable'

Liberal Democrat MP, John Hemming named a Premier League footballer hours after a High Court Judge had refused to lift the super injunction in place that banned the media from naming him.

However, despite Hemming’s actions high court judge Mr Justice Tugendhat last night ruled against the Sun newspaper and upheld the injunction. He argued that the injunction was not to protect the footballer's secrecy but to protect him 'harassment'.

Hackford Jones Partner, Simon Jones, said: ‘The fact that politicians are now exposing injunctions via parliamentary privilege completely negates the injunction process and will be perceived as a massive double standard by the national print press. Why should they remain silent and gagged is a politician can just announce the unspeakable?’

Senior PR operators yesterday speculated that actions by The Sunday Herald to print a picture of the footballer in question could spell the end of super injunctions in their current form.

PM David Cameron labelled injunctions as ‘unsustainable’ and called for them to be reviewed.

Head of social media at Threepipe, Beth Carroll, said: ‘It’s hard to believe there’s something wrong with a newspaper reporting what’s already known by the public. When any issue arises on Twitter sometimes providing a response will quickly dispel any negative sentiment but other times it mad add fuel to the fire. Still going to the extreme of choosing to sue Twitter won’t do much but show an admission of guilt. Twitter certainly shouldn’t be held accountable for something someone else says.’

Jones added: ‘For an injunction to work successfully, the very existence of it cannot be reported by the media or spoken about by politicians. If it is reported or commented upon, how can we expect the public and social internet sites not to speculate on the details?’

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