Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Can Twitterers Who Tweet Contrary To Injunctions Be Swatted?

From the Guardian: (British) Attorney General Dominic Grieve says Tweeters who breach gag orders and reveal information that courts have ordered kept secret via injunctions could be prosecuted. However, at least one MP disagrees. Liberal Democrat John Hemming thinks it would be difficult, if not impossible, to pursue the 75,000 Twitter users who have named a Manchester United player as the party who obtained an injunction recently, and that the media should now be able to name the athlete--the horse having escaped the barn. MP Hemming doesn't think he could be prosecuted either (Parliamentary privilege). But a judge handed down a ruling Monday refusing to allow the Sun newspaper to name the player. Round three.

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