For a supposed free state to take this action is appalling - mind you in the UK the courts (allegedly) hand out gagging orders to the press on a weekly basis which include a ban on mentioning the fact that there is a gagging order in place...
Curiously enough, in the UK the Conservative politicians were very strongly against this proposal - it may have been expedience or principle, who can tell.
What the rank and file members thought is more difficult to tell.
The UK Government has announced today - to the Daily Telegraph initially - that it will completely remove the offending clause from the Coroners and Justice Bill.
In the report, Jack Straw's minions seem to underplay the impact of the Slashdot article and mass Facebook/NO2ID campaign. Is this because they are worried that this sort of campaign could be launched at any time to keep them honest?