Editors Protest Too Much about Threat of Privacy Law; MEDIA ANALYSIS
Byline: ?Roy Greenslade
IT SEEMS as though no news story is breaking at present without newspapers transforming it into an opportunity to raise the alarm about the perils of privacy.
Take the arrest in New York of the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on charges of attempting to rape a chambermaid, sexual assault and forcible confinement.
It is being said by some British journalists that his true nature has been concealed by French privacy laws. If only we had known the truth then... Then what? Although it is now being said to have been common knowledge among the French political and media elite that DSK, as he is known, was a philanderer, he has never previously been charged with any sexual offence.
It is true that a French journalist, who also happens to be the god-daughter of DSK's second wife, has suddenly alleged that he sexually assaulted her 10 years ago -- but she was not prevented from going to the police because of a privacy law.
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Publication information: Article title: Editors Protest Too Much about Threat of Privacy Law; MEDIA ANALYSIS. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: May 18, 2011. Page number: 34. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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