Then behave yourselves

Stephen Sedley, in the London Review of Books, writing about rights of privacy from media intrusion. I liked these fragments, comparing the behaviour of the press with that of intrusive states:

When the European Convention on Human Rights was written and adopted in the early 1950s, few doubted that the chief threat to private life was the state — the informer, the watcher, the secret policeman. Today there is widespread agreement that segments of the press and television pose a different but still real threat to private life, and the jurisprudence of the Convention has shifted to keep pace with the change.

…and, especially:

Observers with a sense of history have noted that the tabloids’ self-justification, advanced in the name of press freedom, mirrors that of the authoritarian state. The Sun columnist Jane Moore admonishes errant public figures: “If you don’t want your private life splashed all over the papers, then behave yourselves.” Or, as it was once put, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear — for there is only one way the state or the Sun can know whether you are behaving yourself.

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24 Jun 2011 at Twitter

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  • 8:50am: Can’t help thinking people endlessly moaning about Olympic tickets haven’t grasped how 62 million people compares to the size of a venue.
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24 Jun 2011 in Links

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