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Social Media Sites Assist Gagged British Newspaper

Social networking sites and blogs helped uncover the source of a gag order against the British newspaper The Guardian in October 2009 after the paper published a story on its Web site claiming it was prohibited from reporting certain remarks made in the British Parliament.

In March 2007, Presiding Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Breckenridge overturned a district court order that had required two newspapers to remove articles from their Web sites and prevented them from publishing further information about a confidential attorney-client memo they had obtained regarding the Kansas City ( Mo.) Board of Public Utilities (BPU). In her four-paragraph order, Breckenridge said that the lower court’s restraining order “causes irreparable harm to [the newspapers] from which they have no adequate remedy by appeal.” State v. The Honorable Kelly J. Moorhouse, WD 68104 (Mo. Ct. App. 2007).



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