Five super-injunctions awarded in Northern Ireland
Five super-injunctions are being enforced in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.
The gagging orders, which are so secret the media cannot report them, were awarded by the High Court in Belfast. At least two of them have been in force six years.
The details were disclosed by the Justice Minister following an Assembly question from TUV leader Jim Allister. It will reopen the debate on the controversial orders, which some claim are being used to gag journalism.
A super-injunction prevents anyone publishing information about the applicant which is said to be confidential or private, and also stops anyone reporting that the injunction itself even exists.
The exact number of orders across the UK isn't clear, but in October 2011 a parliamentary committee heard that 10 celebrities were relying on them to stop details of their private lives being revealed by the media.