EU Court Backs Media's Freedom To Cover Celebrities

Law360, New York (February 7, 2012, 6:02 PM EST) -- The European Court of Human Rights issued a pair of decisions Tuesday upholding the media's right to report on celebrities' private lives, rejecting a privacy claim by Monaco's Princess Caroline von Hannover and ruling German daily newspaper the Bild could cover an actor's arrest.

In both rulings, the Grand Chamber of the ECHR held that media coverage of well-known individuals' private lives is acceptable as long as it relates to general public interest and is undertaken in reasonable balance against the right to respect for private...
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