Giggs finally loses case over affair privacy
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Saturday 03 March 2012
The footballer Ryan Giggs yesterday lost his long-running legal claim over the privacy dispute last summer that led to his being mocked on Twitter for seeking to gag the press.
Giggs was claiming damages from The Sun for distress and breach of a right to privacy over an article on 14 April 2011 about a relationship with the reality-television star Imogen Thomas, headlined: "Footie Star's Affair with Big Bro Imogen." Although the tabloid did not name the Manchester United player – because he had secured a High Court injunction – his identity leaked out. Giggs claimed The Sun was to blame for the ensuing flood of stories published about him in other newspapers and on the internet.
The High Court judge Mr Justice Tugendhat yesterday threw out the case, saying: "It cannot be said the claim for damages could give rise to any significant award, even if it could give rise to an award at all."
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