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Why Fleet Street would rather report on injunction celebrity's threesome than Whittingdale's romantic past

Conversely, The Sun on Sunday has been keen to reveal that a married figure from the world of entertainment has been involved in an extra-martial "threesome" with another couple.

The Daily Mail today yesterday on its front page that the "THE LAW IS AN ASS!" because readers of a certain print publication in the United States can read all about the story in question.

A line on privacy has to be drawn somewhere. And I don't think many in the UK media would argue that intimate sexual details should be revealed.

But I think there is a strong case for arguing that the couple themselves who went to The Sun with the story have a right to freedom of expression, as does The Sun itself, and that a court should only use its power to gag all concerned in extreme circumstances.

The entertainer argues that theirs was on open marriage, so the Sun story would not be correcting a false image.

The Sun is keen to sell a sensational story which sells newspapers.

But it also has a duty to ensure that it does more than just serve up to readers the saccharine sweet image of famous people confected by their publicists to help them maximise commercial return on their public images.

The Court of Appeal said it was concerned for the welfare of the married famous couple's children. And perhaps there is some detail which will come up at the full trial which will explain why this story has the potential do such harm to them.

But one has to wonder what the issue is if the pair have already been clear about the fact that they have an "open" marriage.

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Author: Dominic Ponsford

Dominic Ponsford is the editor of Press Gazette