Can you keep a secret? 

10 May 2011

A fair number of people are currently making a fuss about exactly what isn’t in the news, namely the current trend for what’s commonly known as a ‘superinjunction’. It’s an extreme for

preventing details of

This form of injunction has recently emerged as being the weapon of choice for attempting to suppress , and affects all forms of media (television, radio, print, internet, etc.) equally.

Firstly, a lack of effective newspaper regulation. This has been a problem brewing for a long time now, and made even worse by Express Newspapers recently opting out of the voluntary Press Complaints Commission.


It may be true that if someone else knows a secret

I strongly suspect that certain tabloid newspaper journalists are the people responsible for leaking details of injunctions (along with a few red herrings in order to try to weaken any future court action), because they have access to injunction details and their newspapers stand to gain the most from breaking such injunctions in terms of increased sales.

It may now be true that once a so-called ‘secret’ is public knowledge it’s now effectively impossible to prevent it from spreading, but there should at least still be some form of control in relation to what popular news outlets can and cannot say about individuals, especially in terms of sensationalising the details of people’s private lives.

Whilst the mainstream media still has the power to ‘legitimize’ news

One good thing to come out of the superinjunction fiasco is that it might conceivably educate the average person to stop and think whether or not what they are reading (or hearing) is made up cobblers.

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