Should the British Media Be Allowed to Publish Private Photos of the Royal Family or Should Their Privacy Be Protected?

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Title: Should the British media be allowed to publish private photos of the Royal family or should their privacy be protected?

With the development of science and technology, the media is also developing rapidly, from the original newspaper, broadcast, TV to today's Internet, mobile phone, electronic magazines and so on. There is no doubt that is progress, indeed, the media provides a lot of convenience to our life, for example: we needn’t go out and know what happened all over the world; if any place was hit by disaster, only through the media dissemination for help, friends from all over the world would lend a hand immediately. However, everything has two sides and the media is no exception. As we know, media is too transparent to make our life sometimes no privacy, especially some public figures’ life and feelings are always exposed. This essay will examine whether the British media should be allowed to publish private photos of the Royal family or should their privacy be protected?

Firstly, I think private photos should be protected. Privacy has been defined as the `right of individuals to control the collection and use of personal information about themselves.'(Mason, 1986). And privacy is a fundamental right recognized in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It means that everyone should be equal and their privacy should be protected. Some laws and regulations, which are in the field of personal privacy protection, are also being found. For example, ‘there is comprehensive protection for privacy, potential civil and criminal liability, and human rights protection under the European Convention on Human Rights.’ (Gilbert, 2012). So it is obvious that Western people will pay more attention to the privacy protection. Even avoid asking about their age, income, and marital status. They often use ‘nose into people's private life,’ to say people who asked such questions with contempt. Therefore, publishing private photo without...
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