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Privacy Injunctions Unsustainable: UK PM

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TEHRAN, May 25 (ICANA) – British Prime Minister David Cameron has considered the privacy rulings against the newspapers as "unsustainable" and "unfair."
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:50:13 PM
Privacy Injunctions Unsustainable: UK PM

Cameron said that the government will review the law in order to "catch up with how people consume media today.”

The news comes after the Scottish newspaper, the Sunday Herald, named the footballer accused on Twitter of taking out a privacy injunction.

"It is rather unsustainable, this situation, where newspapers can't print something that clearly everybody else is talking about,” Cameron said.

"But there's a difficulty here because the law is the law and the judges must interpret what the law is. What I've said in the past is, the danger is that judgments are effectively writing a new law which is what Parliament is meant to do," he added.

He said that the government and the parliament had to "take some time out" since there was no "simple answer" to these issues.

The prime minister suggested that one solution could be "to strengthen the Press Complaints Commission.”

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said that the injunctions were becoming "impractical".

"In the modern age, with the internet, is it tenable to pursue these sort of injunctions? I'd have thought there was an increasing view that it was untenable to do so. There's a whole question of what's of interest to the public and what's in the public interest, which is often two different things," he said.

"The law essentially is a practical thing. It looks to me like the English law, English injunctions, look increasingly impractical in the modern world," he added.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also said that the current law was "not working," and the parliament was responsible to balance the press freedom and the way to report the things which are in the public interests.

"Clearly the law needs to be looked at,” he said.

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