The Right to Privacy and Peeping Tom Journalism

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Nowadays the media play a great role in a usual life of society. It influences our opinion, help us to make the correct choice sometimes and also open the view on almost any fact or personality we are interested in. The role of media plays too great part in the political process also, especially when it is time to elect a new president or a prime minister. It opens curtains on every private peculiarity about the candidate: with whom he meets and what he eats. Sometimes the information is becoming ridiculous. Do we need such a close look to someone’s private life? Most of the information is just riveting but not useful. But peeping Tom journalism becomes more and more demanded.
Famous people deserve privacy and respect. First of all, we should admire what they do, not who they are. Of course we are interested to know what they do, whom they meet and what they eat around the clock but we should not invade their family or private life through the media. Secondly, the children and family of famous people should not be affected. Some stars have to hire security for their children or spouses because of media attention. Scrutiny may be the price celebs pay for fame.
There are several cases in the history when people lost the privacy and got anguish being hounded by media. For example, Richard Jewell a security guard in Olympic Park in the US was at first hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping to clear people from the area. Then news accounts in the Atlanta Journal named him as a suspect. And his life totally changed. Because he was convicted in the court of public opinion. He couldn’t find a job and meet his friends, he was under scrutiny around the clock being a prisoner in his home.
Although, generally speaking, the media should not interfere in people’s private lives, there are times when it is correct to do so. Any celebrity being hounded by media…...

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