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
Date Written: December 1, 2016
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  FSR 33;  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
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