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Yes, it was a long time ago, but it's a very good analogy, isn't it? Very good analogy for where you had a very important fact that for whatever reason, because a judge, a single judge, had taken the view that British newspapers should be injuncted from reporting a fact, had taken the decision effectively to gag the entire British media, and that would obviously not just apply to newspapers, it would apply to British broadcasters, and individuals, obviously, also, if they were aware of it, but which American newspapers could report and beam, if you like, into British homes via the Internet.

It's difficult, we're dealing with hypotheticals and I wouldn't want to cast aspersions on a judge's judgment, but you could see a situation where a judge had taken a decision that seemed to journalists, either in this country or elsewhere, perverse, in which case -- and British people would -- would learn from foreign media what their own media were not allowed to tell them.

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