Respect for privacy on the one hand and the public interest in freedom of expression and the community’s right to be informed on the other often involve a difficult balancing act for journalists and media organisations. While clear cut in most instances, in others it’s a bit like looking for a fine line in a blurry world

Events in the UK have sparked lively interest in the topic here. Media bosses assure us blatant disregard for the law is not part of the local scene but a broad-based inquiry into the media is in the offing. The government has announced a public consultation on whether it should legislate a general right to legal action for a serious and unwarranted invasion of privacy.