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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dutch Royal Family Wins Favorable Ruling On Privacy Against Associated Press

The Dutch royals have won a ruling from a Dutch court that the AP violated their privacy by publishing photos of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family on holiday in Argentina (Princess Maxima was born in Argentina). The AP snapped pix of them in their private life, said the court, and in weighing the freedom of freedom of expression against the right to privacy, ruled the media should recognize that members of the royal family, while they take the risk of media scrutiny while performing their public duties do have an expectation of privacy in their private lives.

Compare with the von Hannover case (decided under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) handed down by the European Court of Human Rights, in which the court decided in favor of Princess Caroline of Monaco in her action against German media for publishing photos of herself and her family in their private life. The case is Von Hannover v. Germany, 2004-III Eur. Ct. H.R. 294. 

Thanks to Matt Duffy for the tip.

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