TV star is first to face jail over tweets after England footballer claims they breach injunction: Judge reports top journalist to Attorney-General
A journalist on one of Britain’s most respected newspapers – who also appears on a widely-viewed BBC programme – could face a jail sentence after naming on Twitter a Premier League footballer who had taken out a privacy injunction.
In the first case of its kind, lawyers for the soccer star have persuaded a High Court judge to ask Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC to consider a criminal prosecution against the writer for breaching a privacy injunction. If Mr Grieve decides to issue contempt of court proceedings, the individual faces a prison sentence of up to two years.
The unprecedented legal action is the latest attempt by a public figure to try to curb the growing use of the internet – especially Twitter – to expose the adulterous affairs and misbehaviour of celebrities and footballers.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Seriously? The Premier League footballer at the centre of this saga would surely be better off just coming out and admitting his affair rather than attempting to gag the thousands of people who have revealed his name on Twitter. By trying to bring to court all those who have named and shamed the footballer he has in fact just brought even more attention to his actions.
It seems highly unlikely that the journalist in question will be jailed for his Tweeting of the Premier League footballer as to do so would open the floodgates as then anyone else who had tweeted his identity would also have to face similar punishments and that would set a very dangerous and extremely absurd precedent.
This situation is of course made all the more bizarre by the fact that super injunction is only valid in England and papers and websites based outside the country have been freely revealing the love-rat.