Porn TV 'faces defeat'

RED HOT Television, the satellite porn channel, is 'more likely to fail than succeed' in its European Court challenge to the Government's ban on receiving its broadcasts, the Court of Appeal predicted yesterday.

It was giving its reasons for its refusal, three days ago, to grant Red Hot an injunction suspending operation of the ban pending the European Court hearing. Lord Justice Glidewell rejected Red Hot's argument that the High Court judges who originally refused an injunction failed to consider the prospects of success in Europe - one of the factors that affect the granting of such interim injunctions.

But the High Court judges decided the 'chance of success' argument was outweighed by the public interest in allowing Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for National Heritage, to proceed with his proscription order on Red Hot, made under his European law powers to protect children from pornography.

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