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Privacy and media intrusion in a democratic society: Britain and the Calcutt reports

Cloonan, M. (1998) Privacy and media intrusion in a democratic society: Britain and the Calcutt reports. Democratization, 5 (2). pp. 62-84. ISSN 1743-890X

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Abstract

This study deals with the right to privacy as it exists within a particular democratic society. Focusing upon two reports into privacy and the press in Britain in the early 1990s (the Calcutt reports), it illustrates how the issue of privacy can give insights into the type of democracy which exists within a society. The analysis falls into five parts. These deal with the Calcutt reports; the concept of privacy; the problem of regulating the press within a particular democratic society (Britain); the role of the press in defending British democracy; and the legacy of the Calcutt reports. In examining the right to privacy within the context of regulating the press in a democratic society, the account shows how the exercise of a particular right can be limited by the assertion that another right (in this instance freedom of expression) has precedence over it.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Cloonan, Prof Martin
Authors: Cloonan, M.
Subjects:J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Democratization
ISSN:1743-890X

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