Private Eye editor Ian Hislop has publically criticised Andrew Marr’s super injunction, which prevented media to cover Marr’s extra-marital affair, calling it “hypocritical”.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today earlier this morning, Hislop said about the super injunction: “I thought this was a touch hypocritical since he’d written a piece specifically about privacy law in which he said judges should not determine privacy law, it should be determined by parliament.”
”Therefore he had just done the exact opposite of what he believed.”
Marr was given the super injunction in January 2008 to stop the press from covering the indeflity affair, but Marr has now come forward to allow media to cover the story.
Hislop, who didn’t agree with Marr’s gagging order, said that he had challenged the injunction previously and then again last week.
“As a journalist he said ‘I did not come into journalism to gag journalists’, that’s exactly what he did so I challenged it.”
“I said to him and his lawyers this is outrageous. It cost a great deal of money but the super injunction was lifted.”
Hislop explained he thought it was unjust for someone like Marr, who would report on other people and their actions, he himself had a court junction preventing media from covering his affair.
Hipslop said: “As a leading BBC interviewer, who’s asking politicians about failures in judgement, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while acting as an active journalist. ”
“I think he knows that, and I am very pleased that he has actually come forward and said ‘I can no longer do this’.”