M v British Broadcasting Corporation: FD 1997

The applicant’s child had been fathered by donor insemination. He sought to prevent the defendant publicising his forthcoming case with the Child Support Agency in which he intended to deny a responsibility to provide child support.
Held: An injunction was refused. The case was really about the protection of M’s reputation, and his desire not to publicise his infertility, and not that of any child. The public interest in the freedom of the press must prevail.


Hale J


[1997] 1 FLR 51


Administration of Justice Act 1960 12


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedKelly (A Minor) v British Broadcasting Corporation FD 25-Jul-2000
K, aged 16, had left home to join what was said to be a religious sect. His whereabouts were unknown. He had been made a ward of court and the Official Solicitor was appointed to represent his interests. He had sent messages to say that he was well . .
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Media, Child Support

Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.445476