Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all
The newspapers have been deliberately fuelling the fire of the Twitter super injunction frenzy - but they've also been running stories that, with a nod and a wink, tell you the names of the celebrities with injunctions. Here are six of those stories from the last week ...
To avoid prison, I've changed or anonymised the details so you can't Google them, sorry.
- One tabloid ran a story bemoaning how celebrity X hadn't talked about his wife much lately. That was the entire (non)story. It went on, for no reason, to compare the love of (rumoured super injuncter) celebrity X for his wife with the love of family-loving (and rumoured super injuncter) footballer Y for his wife. Underneath that: "Comments closed for legal reasons". This couldn't have been more obvious if it tried.
- A broadsheet ran a column in which the author suggested an ideal set of companions for a meal - the names were a who's who of those with alleged super injunctions.
- Another broadsheet has just run a story, written by the travel correspondent (OK, it wasn't the travel correspondent but it was on a par with them in terms of relevance), complaining that a certain performer hadn't done any gigs for a while and hadn't been on Twitter lately. There was no point to this story.
- Meanwhile a tabloid suggested an actor was deserving of an award for acting after being seen bravely holding hands with his wife.
- The News of the World just told everyone to look on Twitter, but helpfully pointed out it wasn't Gaby Logan or Alan Shearer, just so you woudn't be confused by any false rumours.
- Meanwhile, every paper in Britain has gleefully pointed out that there is a Twitter account that has revealed who has a super injunction - before, again, helpfully pointing out exactly which of these tweets is not true.
I am amazed that the lawyers let these stories through. Although there's not much chance of people going to court for tweeting the rumours, the paper's are treading a very fine line. It's almost as if they are deliberately trying to get the facts out in the open so they can get these super injunctions overturned ...
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