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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
  Guido is in St Kitts
The issue of the jurisdiction of courts to keep things secret in an internet age is under challenge today.

The guardian is prevented from talking about a question in parliament. That is nothing new although I think it is wrong. However, Guido is currently in St Kitts. Hence as long as his servers are not in the UK he can post what he wants about this.

I have an interesting chidlrens case involving two non-UK jurisdictions. My belief is that hence unless an injunction is obtained in the UK that the media in the UK can report it.

When you look at the benefits of transparency I think serious questions are raised about the disbenefit of secrecy. I am coming to a conclusion that we need a considerable review of the powers of the courts to keep things secret and to injunct people.

As an absolute minimum an injunction on reporting should be time limited in order to determine the truth of something so that a newspaper does not trash someone's reputation because of the pressures of deadlines. However, far too many injunctions are applied for and granted. This acts often to conceal bad behaviour.

BTW yes I have my letter from Tom Legg and intend to scan and post it later.
 
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