Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Press and Privacy

There is a hight profile case going on at the moment in Ireland. It is the case of a man accused of murdering his wife. At the moment his alibi is being questioned and they are using the transmissions of his mobile phone. He says he was one place, his mobile phone says another thing.

It's a bit worrying that they keep this information and who has access to it, but in a murder case you don't really mind.

The problem I have is that the guy giving evidence is from some mobile technology firm, who is just doing his job and he has been shown on the news, on both broadcasters (he could have been on TG4, but Nil Fhios Agam), and pictured in the newspapers including the irish times.

Why? What is the point of showing him walking into court and his face in newspapers? What purpose does it serve?

The press should let people have their privacy and not thrust them into the limelight, especially for a reason like this.

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