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There are a couple of things I'd like to say, if I may. Obviously journalists do things wrong sometimes and the law is there to stop them. Prior restraint is a very bad way forward. I think that's a principle that's been lost sight of. When you hand out injunctions, which is then a big struggle and an expense to struggle out of, you're applying prior restraint. "Prior restraint" is another word for censorship.

I know that in privacy cases everybody says, oh, well, you have to have an injunction because otherwise the cat is out of the bag. I don't think that's a good argument. I think what you need is punitive damages. If you had punitive damages, a newspaper will be very much deterred from invading somebody's privacy if they know that the last time that happened, it cost them £1 million, and I think punitive damages is a much better way to go than censorship in advance.

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