The balancing act between ensuring freedom of speech and protecting privacy rights was the focus of a debate this week organised by Intelligence Squared, which Journalism.co.uk reported on here.
Panelists Max Mosley, the former motorsport boss who was awarded damages following a privacy case against the News of the World in 2008 and lawyer Rachel Atkins, were arguing in support of a motion that the private lives of public figures deserve more protection from the press. Investigative journalist and author Tom Bower and lawyer Ken MacDonald, former director of public prosecutions both spoke against the motion. Bower told the audience the media has “too little power, not too much”.
Journalism.co.uk spoke to some of the panelists before the debate. Hear our podcast below and sign up to our iTunes feed here for future audio.