Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Super-injunctions under fire as identities of alleged gagging order celebrities continue to spread across Twitter

Jemima Khan and Jeremy Clarkson

The account which published the names yesterday attracted more than 44,000 followers within 24 hours and growing, the hashtag #superinjunctions is being tweeted by so many people that it became the highest-ranked "trending topic" in Britain.

Leading media lawyers said that the widespread online discussion of the identities of celebrities who have obtained gagging orders exposed serious flaws with super-injunctions, which are primarily aimed to preventing the publication of stories in the mainstream media.

Jemima Khan, who was falsely identified as being one of the subjects of a super-injunction, today criticised internet users for sending her "vile hate tweets".

She has vehemently denied taking out a super-injunction to prevent the publication of alleged intimate pictures of her and Jeremy Clarkson.

The socialite was named on Twitter alongside a host of other celebrities who, it was claimed, had taken out draconian gagging orders to prevent details of their private lives have emerged

This morning she tweeted: “I hope the people who made this story up realise that my sons will be bullied at school because of it. Plus I'm getting vile hate tweets.”

The socialite said she was particularly concerned about her elder son, adding: “My 14 year old would never talk to me again. He's painfully shy and hates any fuss."

Solicitor Mark Stephens today said he believed super-injunctions were being brought into disrespect and disrepute.

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