Don't Tell Me What the Papers Say: PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd

Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, vol. 5, pp. 212-220, 2016

Posted: 21 Jun 2018

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Samuel Beswick

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Harvard Law School

William Fotherby

Independent

Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

A natural risk to the privacy of a sexual encounter is that the other party will disclose news about it to the world. PJS (as the English High Court named him) had been unwise enough to double that risk. This case note on PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2016] FSR 33; [2016] UKSC 26 looks at PJS’s ultimately successful endeavour to enjoin the English tabloid, the Sun on Sunday, from publishing the story of his three-way sexual encounter at a time when he was married (to a famous entertainer) with children. It also reflects on how New Zealand and Australian courts might deal with the issues raised by this case.

Keywords: Privacy, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, tort, invasion of privacy, publication, injunction, Article 8, freedom of expression

Suggested Citation

Beswick, Samuel and Fotherby, William, Don't Tell Me What the Papers Say: PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (December 1, 2016). Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, vol. 5, pp. 212-220, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3190267

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