Ryan Giggs named as super injunction footballer by Wikipedia
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Ryan Giggs named as super injunction footballer by Wikipedia

Northwich : United Kingdom | May 23, 2011 at 6:14 AM PDT
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The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia has joined Twitter and other internet sources associating prominent footballer Ryan Giggs with the controversial super injunction phenomenon that is dominating much of British news coverage today.

In a section entitled “Gagging order”, Wikipedia states “In May 2011, it was reported in non-UK media sources that Giggs was the identity of CTB in CTB v News Group Newspapers, a footballer who had applied for and obtained an anonymised gagging order in relation to an alleged extra-marital affair with model Imogen Thomas.”

The article continues “Giggs had subsequently sued the social networking site Twitter after his identity was revealed by a user who had revealed the identities of other individuals that had taken out so-called "superinjunctions.” It then tauntingly shares the remarks of a blogger for Forbes magazine, who recently wrote “Giggs has not heard of the Streisand effect", naughtily noting that mentions of his name had mushroomed after the Twitter suit had been reported in the news.

Wikipedia also mentions Scottish newspaper the Sunday Herald’s publication yesterday of “a thinly disguised photograph of Giggs on its front page”, the word "CENSORED" covering his eyes. And attributes a defiant statement to Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker who it says stated that “the London High Court ruling had no force in Scotland, unless copies of the Sunday Herald were sold in England or Wales.”

Today British Prime Minister David Cameron decisively denounced alleged Giggs style gagging orders, saying on ITV1's Daybreak that they are unfair and unsustainable in the present media environment, and that the law should be reviewed to "catch up with how people consume media today.”

Today British magazine TNT is running a story entitled "Ryan Giggs, wife and kids celebrate Manchester United victory", following the teams4-2 triumph over Blackpool yesterday (http://www.tntmagazine.com/tnt-today/archive/2011/05/23/ryan-giggs-wife-and-kids-celebrate-manchester-united-victory.aspx#ixzz1NBDSgngO).

Significantly, the story only uses past comments by Giggs, as where he speaks of “desire, looking after myself” enabling him to keep playing at the highest level of football at the uncharacteristic age of 37.

It is plausible that the absence of more current comments by the footballer reflects the fact that he does not like the way people on Twitter and other online media are kicking his name around.

Junior Campbell is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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