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Inquiring Minds Don't Want To Know

Amber Melville-Brown, a media law lawyer at David Price Solicitors and Advocates, puts it this way, as only a Fleet Street Englishwoman could: "A balance has to be struck between ... the right to publish unauthorised flab, cellulite and sweat patches; and the rights of spoilt, prima-donna celebrities only to be photographed when they are good and ready. The press appears perfectly at ease in this task, little fearing that recent decisions tie their hands too tightly."

Yep, you got it: the press in Europe lost their right to publish celebrity photos if the stars are just out wandering privately in public.

Huh?

Exactly. That bastion of celebrity-protecting judges, the European Court of Human Rights (I know I've been dying to try a case there) decided that these type of photographs of the Princess Caroline of Monaco shouldn't be published.

You know, the kind grabbed by the paparazzi when famous celebrities are caught off guard, just to make them appear more like the rest of us who don't get our photos in the newspapers on a regular basis.

Not that I'm worried about that.

Newspapers complain that the ruling infringes their right of free expression. Or did they really mean right to a profit?

I'm not buying it. In fact, I can't ever recall buying a tabloid newspaper. It just doesn't interest me, but apparently, I'm in the minority. Otherwise, there wouldn't be so many trashy tabloids out there.

Now, however, it appears that there may be less of them across the pond very soon.

My heart breaks. Who cares?

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, September 25, 2004


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