Comparative Privacy and Defamation
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Comparative Privacy and Defamation

Edited by András Koltay and Paul Wragg

Providing comparative analysis that examines both Western and non-Western legal systems, this wide-ranging Handbook expands and enriches the existing privacy and defamation law literature and addresses the fundamental issues facing today’s scholars and practitioners. Comparative Privacy and Defamation provides insightful commentary on issues of theory and doctrine, including the challenges of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the impact of new technologies on the law.
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Chapter 10: What newsworthiness means

Amy Gajda


Journalists make news decisions daily in newsrooms around the world – and most of the resulting articles are decidedly newsworthy. Occasionally, however, accurate information revealed by media oversteps bounds to invade an individual’s privacy. In the United States, a newsworthy story – one that has some popular appeal but is not ‘morbid and sensational prying for its own sake’ – will trump an individual’s privacy interests. But the ‘morbid and sensational prying’ language means that even in the United States those whose personal information is revealed can bring a successful invasion of privacy claim. This entry explores court decisions regarding newsworthiness in the United States and compares them with related decisions elsewhere.

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