Celebrities call for journalists to stop infringing on their right to privacy

Celebrities often complain about their lack of privacy and about the intrusive nature of the paparazzi that follow them.

The phrase “they are human too” is often used to defend celebrities who feel like their private lives are being invaded by the press. This is not always valid though as legally a celebrity has lower expectations of privacy, especially if exercising public power.

Celebrities and politicians are high profile figures because of the media coverage that makes them household names. They have chosen a life in the public eye and some people suggest that this means they must accept the press that comes as part of the territory.

Some celebrities, such as the Kardashians, are famous purely because of the media coverage they receive, as the family did not become high profile figures due to any outstanding achievement or skill.

Media commentator Mark Borkowski suggests that celebrities need to realize that they are partly public property. However, he still believes that they can have a public life if they “obtain it by keeping a delicate balance between the needs of promoting what they have professionally – and how they conduct their life.”

Another cause for concern is the privacy of high profile figures’ children. William and Katherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, recently filed a complaint against a journalist for what they believed was an infringement of their one-year-old son George’s privacy. Celebrities make the point that their children deserve the opportunity to decide whether they want to be a part of the entertainment industry.

Public demand is a key reason for journalists writing about celebrities lives. It has been suggested that a way for them to avoid the intrusive paparazzi is to provide photos and stories to the public by choice and satisfy the public’s curiosity in that way instead.

 

By Eleanor Wade

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