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Premiership Footballer’s Legal Gag Abuses Human Rights

by | 15th, August 2010

ANORAK’s AGW looks at the latest Premiership footballer to take an injunction out on the media and suppress news on his private life:

England’s World Cup hopes probably foundered when the vastly wealthy then England and still Chelsea captain John Terry gagged the News of the World using super media lawyers and a section of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Not an Act designed to protect and screen or hide away the peccadilloes and the worst of the Sodom and Gomorrah excesses of British society’s newbie wealthy. It was originally conceived as a Euro Act to protect those unable to protect themselves. This, according to some of Britain’s High Court judges includes the sportsmen and any other celebrities who are consistently and persistently two-fingering their fan base.

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The Mail is today breaking the story of yet another celeb ( thought to be a footballer) seeking and getting a super injunction.
This follows a similar action believed to have been taken by golfer Colin Montgomerie a few days earlier.

It’s become a Catch 22 Act. It is time this section of the Law, so successfully twisted by some very clever legal brains, was looked at and amended.

Where secrecy exists tyranny takes root and soon terror runs riot.

Lauren Pope (NSFW)

This is a view held by most journalists and the American writer — Robert A. Heinlein is only one of us to commit that thought to paper.
It is worth the reading:

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it’s subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”
— Robert A. Heinlein

In Terry’s case a second judge over-ruled the total secrecy decision and Terry’s non-affair with a former team mate’s lover was slowly dragged out in the tabloids’ columns. At the beginning of that, I warned the action would cost him dear.

It cost him the national captaincy… and though difficult to quantify in such a terrible, lack-lustre team …it probably contributed greatly to England’s predictably bad drubbing in the World Cup in South Africa.

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In the latest two cases, the same warning has to be made. These actions will cost you far more than you have anticipated. It is a very safe bet the media vultures, sorry lawyers, will have made much the same point while detailing what their fat fees will be.

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