News Litigation Technology, Media and Telecommunications The Bar Attorney General may ‘take action’ if anonymity orders are broken By Margaret Taylor 7 June 2011 13:57 17 December 2015 14:51 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 7 June 2011 at 15:49 Some might say that these injunctions themselves are causing “severe damage to the administration of justice”. The law should not be used to protect morally repugnant celebrities from facing the consequences of their actions. Reply Link Rural bliss 7 June 2011 at 15:53 I’m still puzzled as to how a Twit can be prosecuted for contempt when they have not been served with the injunction, and cannot even be proved to know that it definitely exists or what its terms are. Furthermore, unless the applicant’s name is actually known how can any Twit know for a fact that what they are tweeting is in fact in breach of an injunction and not just idle gossip? The standard of proof for contempt is the criminal standard, and I don’t see how it could be proved beyond reasonable doubt that the Twit actually (a) knew for a fact that there was an injunction covering his tweet; and (2) that he definitely knew the name of the applicant. Grieve is just pi**ing in the wind, and he knows it. Reply Link Anonymous 7 June 2011 at 16:58 Judges have not learned the SpyCatcher lesson that you cannot prevent free speech by granting injunctions. It is blowing in the wind and the judicial system ends up appearing to be ineffectual and out of step. Reply Link John Flood 7 June 2011 at 18:05 Most people who tweet won’t have a clue about the administration of justice, judges, or courts, and especially AGs. Maybe someone will receive a fine or a slap on the wrist, but what the hell… It will be easy to tweet through TOR or a VPN. Are ASBOs effective? Have people stopped downloading music in breach of copyright? Do people cross streets on red lights? This one is lost and lost and lost….. Hopeless…. Reply Link Anonymous 8 June 2011 at 08:17 Also note the “peddling lies” line: none of the recent cases involved libel. Like the suggestion of issuing injunctions to stop people breaching injunctions, though… Reply Link Tom Fletcher 8 June 2011 at 09:47 There’s a great irony in the above posters, all of whom decry the law not catching up with technology, but hiding their opinions behind the internet safety net of being anonymous or using a made up name. The increased use of social media online raises moral and ethical questions about free speech. Freedom of expression is an important value to have, but doing so from behind an anonymous cloak is cowardly. If people are willing to say what they think online, they should be willing to be public with who they are and stand up for what they are saying, rather than hide behind a number of non-identifiable usernames, or worse, anonymous. People bang on about free speech, but do not truly believe in it. How many times have users posted views than many find abhorrent, or defamatory? Should they be allowed to express them without any consequence? Just because we can, doesn’t always mean we should. Reply Link Anonymous and proud of it 8 June 2011 at 14:49 “I’m not giving up on the possibility that people who peddle lies about others through using technology may one day be brought under control” I don’t believe for a second that the LCJ has failed to appreciate the difference between defamation and revealing the truth. Reply Link John Smith 8 June 2011 at 16:51 ‘Tom Fletcher’? Now there’s a made up name if ever I heard one! At least I’ve the courage to use my real name. Reply Link Anonymous 10 June 2011 at 16:06 ….and me Reply Link Spartacus 22 June 2011 at 07:21 Et moi aussi Reply Link kevin smith 1 May 2012 at 16:39 I was going to say, do Europeans really have “free speech”, but Americans don’t really have free speech either. The thing I always thought was odd was you will be prosecuted for telling the truth, because someone will say you are lying. but if you lie, the lie just gets spread around. Sometimes the truth is defaming. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.