Thursday, 21 April 2011

Cameron 'uneasy' about spate of privacy gags

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he feels "uneasy" about the development of privacy law in the UK via court injunctions which stop the media reporting on the private lives of public figures.

He argued that Parliament, not judges, should decide on the balance between the freedom of the press and the right to privacy.

Cameron was challenged about the use of injunctions during a question-and-answer session at the General Motors factory in Luton, BBC News reports.

He said that judges were using cases based on the Human Rights Act to develop a privacy law that left him feeling "a little uneasy".

However, Mr Cameron admitted he had not got all the the answers and said he needed to think some more about it.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has said he may use parliamentary privilege to name some of those covered by privacy injunctions.

1 comment:

Mal said...

Gagging orders and super injunctions are now being exclusively used by the rich and powerful to prevent us knowing about their affairs and sordid life, now some might suggest we have no right to know about what a celebrity or footballer gets up to, i disagree, they are on multi million pound advertising contracts and pretending to be "family men" and the truth is they are morally bankrupt individuals abusing a system which was supposed to be set up for other purposes.

At the very least the wife or girlfriend deserves the truth and these gagging orders need to stop.