Gags and super-injunctions
These are orders made by courts in the UK which ban - or gag - any mention of somebody's private life in newspapers, or in TV and radio broadcasts. In recent years several high-profile people - footballers, actors, TV personalities have asked the courts to block stories about their private lives. This means that newspapers and broadcasters are not allowed to publish any information about these stories or allegations.
But, in an age of social networking, it is very difficult to control what people want to talk about. Yesterday an unnamed tweeter posted several tweets in quick succession making claims about different celebrities who may or may not have asked for injunctions from courts. The fact that they are super-injunctions means you can't even talk about whether or not someone may have asked for one.
People who use Twitter are warned about following the law but take no responsibility themelves for what people write.
Tell us what you think? Should people be able to stop stories about their private lives being published? Or are there times when it is in the public interest to know if a married person may have had an affair with someone else for example? Do we have the right to talk about what we want to on social networks, even if they can be seen by other people?
People are now talking about privacy laws. Are there strict laws about privacy in your country? Should everyone have the right to privacy? Or are there times when it is in the public interest to publish stories about people in the public eye - politicians, actors, celebrities? And please don't write about particular celebrities - our messages will be removed.
super-injunction - court order banning all public mention of a person's private life
gag - stop somebody from talking, or in this case publishing
high-profile - well-known
allegations - claims that somebody has done something
tweeter - somebody who sends a tweet on Twitter
in quick succession - one after the other very quickly
in the public interest - legal term, meaning for the good of everyone
in the public eye - somebody well known to the public, a celebrity or politician