23 May 2011
PM: Current media injunction law unsustainable
Media law in its present state in the UK is in need of reform to reflect how technological advances have altered the legal landscape in recent years, the prime minister has suggested.
There has been a rise in the number of injunctions being taken out by famous people recently in order to protect their identity through preventing the media from publishing details that may reveal information about aspects of their private lives.
However, the growing use of social media portals such as Twitter and Facebook to distribute news has led to one high-profile individual's name being posted online over his alleged involvement in an extra-marital affair.
And, during an interview with ITV's Daybreak programme on Monday (May 23rd), David Cameron labelled the current system - under which gagging orders can be imposed on newspapers but are then broken on the internet - as "unsustainable".
He added that this is "not fair" and insisted "the law and the practice has got to catch up with how people consume media today".
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett