The internet has made injunctions 'invalid and pointless', claims Neil Wallis

The internet has made injuctions 'invalid and pointless', claims Neil Wallis

The High Courts of Justice in London, which uphold or remove injunctions

Friday, April 8, 2016

Neil Wallis, former Executive Editor of the News of the World, has slammed judges over the injunction preventing UK media from identifying a celebrity who engaged in an extra-marital threesome - even though he has been named in the US.

Wallis described Britain's legal chiefs as being 'out of touch' following the well-known man's identification in American tabloids on Wednesday night, and claims the internet has made injunctions of this sort 'pointless'.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "They [the judges] are quite happy to go along with this farce, this fallacy, this lie," he said, "And it's really, really scary."

The man, called PJS by the judges, is involved in a high-profile relationship with his partner, known only as YMA, and they have children. PJS acquired the order in January after it was ruled his childrens' rights to a private and family life outweighed the public's right to know about his 'extramarital sexual activities', which reportedly took place four years ago. 

But following the publication in US media, PJS's real name has been circulating online. And Wallis says this has defeated the point of having the law. 

He added: "The judges made the point that the disclosure of their identities could be harmful to the children.

"The internet has simply made this kind of injunction, this kind of censorship, absolutely invalid and pointless."