Children and the media quicksand

British solicitor Amber Melville-Brown reviews recent court challenges dealing with the rights of children not to be photographed when in a public space. Her examples include cases launched by celebrities and lay-persons, and reveal the degree of confusion and contradiction surrounding the issue. The question she poses at the outset, “Whose responsibility is the privacy of our children: government, the courts, parents? Or the media?” is clearly still a matter of some disagreement. (Published in British Journalism Review 2007: 18; 27)

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