Tuesday June 2, 2020

Trafficking in human weakness

The 'right to know' is constantly debased by publishers who lay bare private lives for profit, writes Roy Greenslade.

1st September, 2012
People deplored naked pictures of Prince Harry printed in the Sun, but sales of the paper increased all the same. Photo: Getty

In my long career as a journalist, including 21 years as a media commentator, no topic has been raised more consistently than privacy - or, more accurately, intrusions into privacy. But, to paraphrase a well-known saying, one man's invasion of privacy is another man's right to know.

There is a seemingly unbridgeable chasm between the two sides of that argument, and that's the major reason for its continuing controversy. It appears impossible to solve, because what...

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