Revisited: “Harassment and the Media”, Part 1 Basic Principles

11 05 2010

In this feature we revisit some older posts which may still be of current interest.  This was first posted on 16 March 2010 and is the first part of a post in which Mark Thomson and Nicola McCann discuss the law and practice of harassment as applied to the media.

In recent years, it has become clear that the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (the “PFHA”), provides a much wider range of protection for victims of disturbing behaviour by others than was originally thought, it having first been designed to curb the activities of stalkers. In fact, in view of its subsequent wide interpretation, it is increasingly recognised as being, along with the Data Protection Act 1998, an “Article 8” statute, as its purpose is to protect an individual’s private life against the intrusion of others. Read the rest of this entry »