24 May '11, 5pm

#celebrities FEATURE - UK privacy-hungry celebrities face Mubarak moment

LONDON (Reuters) - Egypt's Hosni Mubarak failed to stem protest by turning off the Internet. Syria couldn't stop mobile phone video of bloody crackdowns appearing on YouTube. The U.S. struggled to prevent the spread of Wikileaks cables and all the efforts of China's authorities haven't quite halted online dissent. Now, a selection of mid-ranking British celebrities who hoped expensive court "superinjunctions" would hide affairs or indiscretions may be the latest victims of the rising power of the Internet and social media. No one knows quite how many actors, sportsmen, companies and others have obtained such judgements in recent years to stop publication of embarrassing or damaging allegations. Estimates vary from a few dozen to up to 200. Only available in Britain but theoretically with global reach, superinjunctions ban media outlets from mentioning not only the details ...

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