Judge refuses to lift 'super-injunction' gagging order

The Sun newspaper has lost a bid to lift an injunction banning the naming of a married footballer who is alleged to have had an affair with Big Brother star Imogen Thomas.

Judge refuses to lift 'super-injunction' gagging order

The Sun newspaper has lost a bid to lift an injunction banning the naming of a married footballer who is alleged to have had an affair with Big Brother star Imogen Thomas.

The newspaper's lawyers had argued the player's name was already widely known on the internet and British Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted the current situation regarding privacy laws is unsustainable.

However, the British High Court has again refused to allow journalists to name the footballer.

Mr Justice Eady rejected a fresh application by News Group Newspapers to discharge the privacy injunction relating to CTB on the basis that to continue it would be “futile”, given recent widespread publicity about his identity.

The judge said: “It has never been suggested, of course, that there is any legitimate public interest, in the traditional sense, in publishing this information.

“The court’s duty remains to try and protect the claimant, and particularly his family, from intrusion and harassment so long as it can.”

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