Monday, May 16, 2011

And in the red corner ...

Some recent quotes regarding the role of injunctions and censorship in the UK:

"I think the press have been completely out of control for the last 20 years." Hugh Grant on BBC Newsnight, 13 May 2011

"It is said only the rich and famous can afford a gagging order. But only the rich and famous ever need one."
Jeremy Clarkson
, Sunday Times, 15 May 2011

"Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all. A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting. They are very angry people. OK – the country is full of very angry people. Many of us are angry people at times. Some of us are angry and drunk. But the so-called citizen journalism is the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night." Andrew Marr at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, Oct 2010.

"It used to be hard work keeping clients out of the papers; now all I do is pick up the phone to a lawyer and within hours my client is protected. Are super injunctions right? No they're not, but they make my life so much easier." Max Clifford, PR Week, May 2011

"By gagging the mainstream media, judges have created a kind of vacuum that much less responsible operators have cheerfully filled. And because newspapers are not allowed to report these matters, almost whatever is published on the internet acquires a degree of credibility." Stephen Glover, Daily Mail, 10 May 2011.

"I've even had lawyers telling me that I could not report on parliament itself..." Alan Rusbridger, Editor of the Guardian, Anthony Sampson lecture, May 2011.

"I thought this was a touch hypocritical since he'd [Andrew Marr] written a piece specifically about privacy law in which he said judges should not determine privacy law, it should be determined by parliament. " Ian Hislop, Radio 4 Today Programme, 26 April 2011.

"It seems to be men that do get protected more than anybody. But if you have got the money, you can protect your name, you can do what the hell you like, even if you are in the public eye. They can behave exactly how they want to behave with who they like and so long as they have got a hell of a lot of money, they can go and protect themselves, and that is setting a bad example." Helen Wood, Radio 5 Live interview, 9 May 2011.

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