Committee considers curb on 'super-injunctions'

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One of Britain's top judges is heading a committee that will consider restricting the use of legal gag orders that critics say stifle the press.  

Media outlets have expressed alarm at the increasing use of "super-injunctions," court orders which ban reporting of details of a case, or even that an injunction exists.

The Justice Ministry said today that Master of the Rolls David Neuberger would head a committee examining the use of injunctions and super-injunctions. It will be made up of judges and lawyers representing both claimants and defendants and is due to report in May.

The move follows growing criticism of Britain's claimant-friendly libel laws, which civil liberties groups say are stifling investigative journalism and media freedom.