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April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Andrew Marr

A BBC journalist who successfully obtained an injunction against a British magazine to prevent it from revealing that he had had an extramarital affair has had second thoughts about his legal action and has asked that the injunction be lifted. “I did not come into journalism to go around gagging journalists,” Andrew Marr told the London Daily Mail. Am I embarrassed by it? Yes. Am I uneasy about it? yes.” Marr’s admission comes amid an uproar over judges who have begun to issue injunctions routinely at the behest of public figures seeking to prevent details of their private lives from being made public. Ian Hislop, editor of the magazine Private Eye, who was prevented from publishing the story about Marr, told the London Independent that Marr’s original action was “a touch hypocritical.” He added, “As a leading BBC interviewer who is asking politicians about failures in judgment, failures in their private lives, inconsistencies, it was pretty rank of him to have an injunction while working as an active journalist. I think he knows that and I’m very pleased he’s come forward and said ‘I can no longer do this.'”