Jul 21, 2011

What happens when you extend the idea of public interest to privacy?

There's an inevitability about the renewed debate over privacy laws. The Australian media is ready for the fight, with complex questions over how any framework would operate.

Andrew Dodd

Media lecturer and journalist

It is totally unsurprising the News of the World scandal in Britain has triggered the likely introduction of privacy laws in Australia.


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  1. Gavin Moodie

    I’m not convinced by Gawenda’s arguments. The difficulties with enforcing of a right to privacy are no greater than the difficulties with enforcing the defamation law. Of course the public interest requires judgement: that is what judges and juries are for. They make these difficult judgements in all areas of law, including media law. What could require more judgement than ‘fair use’ of copyright material or deciding whether a ditty breaches the copyright in another?

    The closing sentence doesn’t advance the argument at all: of course it would be bad if ‘the legitimate rights of the media to report openly’ were eroded – the whole issue is what may be legitimate reporting.

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