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Marr super-injunction 'pretty rank'

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BBC presenter Andrew Marr has revealed he took out a super-injunction to protect his family's privacy - but says he will not pursue it any further.

Mr Marr told the Daily Mail he was "embarrassed" about the gagging order he took out in 2008 to suppress reports of an affair with a fellow journalist.

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, who challenged the super-injunction in court, said Marr was being "a touch hypocritical" given an article he wrote saying MPs and not judges should decide privacy law.

"As a leading BBC interviewer, who's asking politicians about failures in judgement, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while acting as an active journalist.

"I think he knows that, and I am very pleased that he has come forward and said 'I can no longer do this'".

Legal affairs commentator Joshua Rosenberg said that row over super-injunctions was really part of the continuing struggle to define what is private.

He explained that, while MPs could legislate over a UK privacy law, this, along with the decisions of the International Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, would still have to be interpreted by judges in complex cases - over privacy in extra-marital affairs for example.

"It is really a question of what is private," he added.


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