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The media face few legal controls over their right to intrude into the private lives of individuals Discuss The main article concerning this subject is article 10 of the European convention on human rights (ECHR)

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"The media face few legal controls over their right to intrude into the private lives of individuals" Discuss The main article concerning this subject is article 10 of the European convention on human rights (ECHR) which guarantees freedom of expression, however this right is a qualified right and it can be limited to prevent or detect serious crime, protect health or morals, protect another's reputation which could be through the press, stop disclosure of information received in confidence, and maintain authority or impartiality of the judiciary and at times of war and public emergency. But also Article 8 which gives individual the right to privacy, this is also a qualified right and in direct opposition to article 10 with regards to the press reporting of celebrities and public figures. It has been unclear for the past thirty years as to whether parliament should create a privacy law, and make privacy enforceable throughout the courts. The question focuses mainly on the activities of the press, as the main problems seem to stem from them. ...read more.


However they both created their own definition of privacy, the first; the justice report understood privacy as a meaning "that area of a mans life which in any given circumstance, a reasonable man with an understanding of the legitimate needs of the community would think it was wrong to invade." While on the other hand, the younger committee interpreted the right of privacy by creating in two different aspects. The first meaning; "freedom from intrusion upon ones self, ones home, family and relationship." The second is the "privacy of information that is the right to determine for one self how and to what extent information about one self is communicated to others". But more recently , the Calcutt committee adopted the definition of privacy to be "the right of the individual to be protected against intrusion into his personal life or affairs, or those of his family, by direct physical means or by the publication of information." Which gives the impression or view that newspapers often intrude into the privacy of others. ...read more.


meaning that although many people are asking for a Right to privacy law, it is not really in the public interest to have one. Another valuable and important report is the Report of the Calcutt committee on privacy and related matters which was published in june1990 and recommended the creation of a statutory right to privacy but effectively gave the press one final chance. The main points of the first paragraph ; last chance to prove self regulation can work, press complaints commission to replace the press council and if self regulation failed, they could use the statutory press complaints tribunal. But the main was that the government should not introduce a new tort of infringement of privacy. But the final chance to the press remained ineffective and still resulted in the press reverting to their usual gutter press state. However since breach of confidence became popular again the press have had to become more careful as the courts now tend to favour the individual versus the free press. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katherine Davies ...read more.

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