How far should people's privacy be protected from the press?

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Introduction

How far should people's privacy be protected from the press? No one ever said that it would be easy to live the life of a celebrity yet many people take a route into fame without really thinking about the problems that come with it. Most "normal" people have a common belief that living in the public eye has more positive affects than negative ones. However, what they fail to take into account is the daily press intrusion into what sometimes turns into a free-for-all. There are no set rules to being a celebrity, just like there are none for being a parent, but each person has learnt (or in some cases not)

Middle

I believe that when someone chooses to enter any aspect of public life, they need to accept the responsibility and added baggage that comes with such a life. I also think that there should be clearer guidelines for the press to follow in regards to dealing with celebrities in their publication. If they should stray from these rules in any way, there should be a significant and ridiculing fine so that such things don't appear in the press to start with. For example, when it comes to children, the law should be very specific. Unless the celebrity in question has given explicit permission for their child to be photographed or included in an article, they should not be brought into the piece.

Conclusion

In some cases celebrities should only do something in a certain place at an appropriate time. The press intrusion used to be manageable, but in recent years it seems that even the most respected publications have stooped to new levels by intruding one step further. If this continues, celebrities risk losing control of everything they do and leading lives entirely out of sight from the public. We need to "look after" our celebrities, and appreciate that they are also normal human beings who have exactly the same interests as we do and that no matter who they are or what they have done, they are entitled to their own privacy as well. Darren Burn (C) 01/05/2007

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