According to a report on the Guardian website this afternoon, John is concerned about a new breed of injunction, used in relation to a case in the high court in London last week, which means journalists could face gaol simply for asking questions.
The newspaper quotes him as saying:
"This goes a step further than preventing people speaking out against injustice. It has the effect of preventing journalists from speaking to people subject to this injunction without a risk of the journalist going to jail. That is a recipe for hiding miscarriages of justice ... It puts any investigative journalist at risk if they ask any questions of a victim of a potential miscarriage of justice … I don't think this should be allowed in English courts."John is launching an inquiry in parliament into excess court secrecy. He is planning to collect a range of gagging orders and then present to the justice select committee in a number of Parliamentary petitions later this year.
Anna Raccoon recently investigated the use of injunctions in an attempt to prevent people approaching their own MP for help.