SAGE were sponsors at a joint LSE and Index on Censorship event last night to mark the publication of the latest issue of the magazine.
The event was a panel discussion entitled “Injunctions are a necessary evil: privacy, free speech and a feral press”, and the panelists were Hugh Tomlinson QC; David Price QC; Max Mosley (former president of Formula One) and Suzanne Moore, columnist for the Guardian.
Searching the hashtag #privacydebate on Twitter will give you a flavour of the wide-ranging issues covered: it was refreshing to have a very open conversation from all panelists, expertly chaired by Index’s Editor, Jo Glanville.
Whilst all agreed that there was a necessity for injunctions, I don’t think there was ever going to be agreement to what extent they should be used or how they should be regulated. The media clearly have a large role to play, as do the public, in determining what is deemed to be ‘in the public interest’, and this is a debate likely to play on for a long time.