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Guardian: MP launches inquiry into new gagging orders

April 18th, 2011Posted by in Editors' pick, Legal

The Guardian reports MP John Hemming is launching an inquiry into “excessive and possibly unlawful court secrecy” in relation to the use of ‘hyperinjunctions’.

His inquiry follows a case in the High Court last week and the use of orders which could allegedly mean journalists could face prison for asking questions about the case.

“This goes a step further than preventing people speaking out against injustice,” said Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley and a longtime campaigner against secrecy.

“It has the effect of preventing journalists from speaking to people subject to this injunction without a risk of the journalist going to jail. That is a recipe for hiding miscarriages of justice.”

Read the full Guardian report here…

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