30,000 Twitter users could face legal action over gag breaches

The attempt to use super-injunctions to gag the media in the internet age reached new levels of absurdity yesterday.A Scottish newspaper became the first mainstream British publication to identify the Premier League footballer who is attempting to prevent discussion on Twitter about his affair with the former Big Brother star Imogen Thomas. Meanwhile it was reported that a High Court judge had referred an unidentified journalist to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, to consider a criminal prosecution for breaching a privacy injunction with a tweet about another footballer.
www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/30000-twitter-users-could-face-legal-action-over-gag-breaches-2287787.htmlAlso see:Scottish newspaper identifies injunction row footballer
An escalating privacy battle between celebrities and users of social media websites took an unexpected turn on Sunday when a Scottish newspaper printed a front-page photograph of a footballer who is alleged to have had an affair with a model.Despite an injunction lodged in England, the Sunday Herald carried a full-page picture of the footballer, with a thin black band across his eyes and the word “censored” in capital letters. The player is easily recognisable and the caption below the photograph read: “Everyone knows that this is the footballer accused of using the courts to keep allegations of a sexual affair secret. But we weren’t supposed to tell you that …” In an accompanying article the paper named a footballer as the subject of speculation on Twitter.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/may/22/scottish-newspaper-indentifies-footballerA legal manouevre that backfired spectacularly
Law firm Schillings has long styled itself as a fearsome attack dog used by the moneyed to bring the media to heel, but its tactics in dealing with super-injunctions are now being questioned within the industry, following its advice to the “family footballer” alleged to have had sex with a former Big Brother star. Since Schillings partner Gideon Benaim, on the instructions of the player who can be identified only as “CTB” in the English press, launched proceedings against Twitter Inc, the injunction has been breached tens of thousands of times and in increasingly imaginative ways, online and in the “real” world. One wit wrote full details in sand, adding that the footballer “can’t sue the beach”.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/a-legal-manouevre-that-backfired-spectacularly-2287786.htmlJournalist could be jailed over Twitter comments about injunctions
A journalist at The Times newspaper is facing a possible prison sentence after using Twitter to name a footballer granted an injunction.The journalist allegedly made a series of jokes about the player just hours after the High Court granted him a gagging order to prevent another newspaper revealing details of an extramarital affair.

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