24.11.03

HRH back in court this morning

Her Majesty's top lawyers are back in the High Court this morning in a bid to extend their gagging order over The Mirror.

An injunction granted last week prevents The Mirror (and so any other media in England + Wales) from publishing further accounts of Ryan Parry's short sejour as a footman at Buckingham Palace. Fed up with disloyal footmen putting the boot in, the Palace has this time taken action for breach of confidentiality.

For the gagging order to remain in force, the Court would have to be convinced that the Palace has a real prospect of succeeding in its action.
The key question will be whether such breaches of confidence as there may have been can be justified in the public interest or under the freedom of expression principles contained in the Human Rights Act.

Media Beak will report back with the latest from the RCJ later today.

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