The right to protection from press intrusion1 is not absolute, since the press has an essential role as public watchdog and has a duty to impart, and the public a right to receive, information and ideas on all matters of public interest2, although there is a distinction to be drawn between reporting facts — even if controversial — capable of contributing to a debate of general public interest in a democratic society, and making tawdry allegations about an individual's private life3. Frequently the courts have been called upon to strike a balance between privacy rights under Article 8 and
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