411. Restrictions relating to freedom of expression and the public right to know.

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