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Is It Illegal For A Newspaper To Publicly Expose A Sex Worker?

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I don't even want to link to it but basically what happened a reporter phoned an escort pretending to want an appointment, went into her house (and filming her with a hidden camera) then left after "changing his mind". The video was then uploaded to the internet and included part of the escort's internet profile (allowing anyone to easily find it). The woman's other occupation is also revealed.

 

Is this illegal? Could this be incitement to cause harrassment to the woman? That's the only reason I can think of for the newspaper doing this.

 

(Republic of Ireland)

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I don't even want to link to it but basically what happened a reporter phoned an escort pretending to want an appointment, went into her house (and filming her with a hidden camera) then left after "changing his mind". The video was then uploaded to the internet and included part of the escort's internet profile (allowing anyone to easily find it). The woman's other occupation is also revealed.

 

Is this illegal? Could this be incitement to cause harrassment to the woman? That's the only reason I can think of for the newspaper doing this.

 

(Republic of Ireland)

The lady can complain to the Press Complaints Commission, if it's pre-publication they can take action to prevent it happening in the first place. Post publication I believe the newspaper can be fined and possibly sued for damages.

 

Please see sticky thread on 'Reporters and the media' at the top of the General section for more information regards this topic.

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Is this illegal? Could this be incitement to cause harrassment to the woman? That's the only reason I can think of for the newspaper doing this.

 

(Republic of Ireland)

 

I take it that the bracketed (Republic of Ireland) means that the newspaper, journalist and WG were all in that country? While Eire law was based on English law, in the years since the Free State was created, there has been a good bit of divergance. What form or manner of Press Complaints Commission operates over there I have, I'm afraid, no idea.

 

The only reason why any newpaper prints any story is to sell newpapers - forget all the high minded hogwash about their duty to keep the public informed, and protected against dictatorship. Most newspaper readers are hypocrites who want to read about forbidden lust, get a hard on, and then virtuously dissapprove! "New archbishop's wife was £1,000 pound call girl - photos"    will sell papers like hot cakes!

 

You need to distinguish between "illegal" which means you can be put in the dock for it, and if convicted on the beyond reasonable doubt basis, punished, and "unlawful" which means that, if he wants and can afford it, your victim can sue you for damages or an injunction (or both) and if successful, on the balance of probabilities, get what he claims, if, of course, you have funds within the jurisdiction that he can catch.

 

I'd also distinguish between "illegal" and "not-illegal", which is not the same as "legal". Remember "Beat Girl"? Shirley Anne Field singing "It's not illegal..." (her character in the movie had discovered that fucking was more fun that doing hash, and that it didn't bring the police round).  "Not-illegal" means that no statute makes it an offence, (although in Scotland there is every chance that if the Polis don't like it, they'll call it "breach of the peace", which is very different from the English offence of the same name, and bang you up.) whereas "legal" means that some statute actually says that you can do it!

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Sorry I concentrated on what you can do to deal with such a situation.

 

Doesn't look like it's illegal or 'criminal' as such, however it's probably possible to intervene with civil law.

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update: Youtube have removed the video. Too bad it took them a whole week to do it.

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Sorry I concentrated on what you can do to deal with such a situation.

 

Doesn't look like it's illegal or 'criminal' as such, however it's probably possible to intervene with civil law.

I do wonder though if having your face showing or blurred would make a difference to such a civil case. It could be argued that showing your face online means that you are not bothered about people you know finding out, as its made rather easy, whereas if you have your face blurred you have gone some way to protect your identity from people other than those who actually book you.

 

It probably doesnt and it most certainly SHOULD'NT make any difference as a no one has the right to slap someones picture all over the news for operating in a profession thats not illegal just to make money out of possibly ruining someones life, but its an interesting thought. 

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There may be a Human Rights aspect that would be worth exploring but if you had an unblurred photo profile (as Chloe has pointed out), you may have tainted that.  However, it seems that the journalist went way beyond the boundaries by deliberately intruding and gathering additional private information.

 

Jack

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Will Eire's newspapers be following up this "exposee" on prostitution with a similar "exposee" on Catholic Priests?

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Is this illegal? Could this be incitement to cause harrassment to the woman? That's the only reason I can think of for the newspaper doing this.

 

(Republic of Ireland)

 

I take it that the bracketed (Republic of Ireland) means that the newspaper, journalist and WG were all in that country? While Eire law was based on English law, in the years since the Free State was created, there has been a good bit of divergance. What form or manner of Press Complaints Commission operates over there I have, I'm afraid, no idea.

 

The only reason why any newpaper prints any story is to sell newpapers - forget all the high minded hogwash about their duty to keep the public informed, and protected against dictatorship. Most newspaper readers are hypocrites who want to read about forbidden lust, get a hard on, and then virtuously dissapprove! "New archbishop's wife was £1,000 pound call girl - photos"    will sell papers like hot cakes!

 

You need to distinguish between "illegal" which means you can be put in the dock for it, and if convicted on the beyond reasonable doubt basis, punished, and "unlawful" which means that, if he wants and can afford it, your victim can sue you for damages or an injunction (or both) and if successful, on the balance of probabilities, get what he claims, if, of course, you have funds within the jurisdiction that he can catch.

 

I'd also distinguish between "illegal" and "not-illegal", which is not the same as "legal". Remember "Beat Girl"? Shirley Anne Field singing "It's not illegal..." (her character in the movie had discovered that fucking was more fun that doing hash, and that it didn't bring the police round).  "Not-illegal" means that no statute makes it an offence, (although in Scotland there is every chance that if the Polis don't like it, they'll call it "breach of the peace", which is very different from the English offence of the same name, and bang you up.) whereas "legal" means that some statute actually says that you can do it!

 

 

Good heavens, her name and face and body haven't entered my mind for years...but am I the only man on the forum who felt a frisson go through him when he saw that name?

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Some on this Board will recall an incident around 5 years ago when a popular sex worker who is still working although now under another nic. was outed by the SCUM of the newspaper world, The SCUM (whoops sorry, The SUN).

There was nothing illegal about the lady's activities. There was nothing antisocial concerned either. Rumour is some punter who had been turned down decided to grass to the paper concerned. Perhaps we will never know quite what provoked the matter.

More to the point there seems nothing illegal about the SCUM's reporting. And THAT is the travesty.

In response to the original poster's point it seems to me the other reason to report as the SCUM did was simply to sell newspapers and enhance the reporter's standing. I'd have chopped his legs off up to bollock level.

Uncle Pokey

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Private Data (including photos and digital videos) cannot be shared with others (publish) without permission is prohibited under the EU Data Protection Directive

 

Secretly recording video in a non public place and publishing it on the internet is illegal.

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Does anyone recall the many TV, spoofs (Viz/Private Eye) that had a reporter visit a 'tart' and pose as a customer 'I put on my coat on left', was the punchline.

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Does anyone recall the many TV, spoofs (Viz/Private Eye) that had a reporter visit a 'tart' and pose as a customer 'I put on my coat on left', was the punchline.

 

The one that I remember was, "Our reporter made an excuse and left"!

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Some on this Board will recall an incident around 5 years ago when a popular sex worker who is still working although now under another nic. was outed by the SCUM of the newspaper world, The SCUM (whoops sorry, The SUN).

There was nothing illegal about the lady's activities. There was nothing antisocial concerned either. Rumour is some punter who had been turned down decided to grass to the paper concerned. Perhaps we will never know quite what provoked the matter.

More to the point there seems nothing illegal about the SCUM's reporting. And THAT is the travesty.

In response to the original poster's point it seems to me the other reason to report as the SCUM did was simply to sell newspapers and enhance the reporter's standing. I'd have chopped his legs off up to bollock level.

Uncle Pokey

Now that is illegal.

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Private Data (including photos and digital videos) cannot be shared with others (publish) without permission is prohibited under the EU Data Protection Directive

 

Secretly recording video in a non public place and publishing it on the internet is illegal.

 

If that's the case then what the SundayWorldNewpaper did was illegal. The reporter went into her house and up to her bedroom with a hidden camera running. This was then published on Youtube without her consent.

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If that's the case then what the SundayWorldNewpaper did was illegal. The reporter went into her house and up to her bedroom with a hidden camera running. This was then published on Youtube without her consent.

 

Yes, the privacy principle is enshrined by the EU Directive; In practice use s reference to that directive to get private data removed from the internet in any EU country.  YouTube should honour it.  Beyond that the specific details of enforcement and sanction vary between EU counties.

 

http://www.dataprotection.ie

 

In theory she should have a case for damages but would probably need to pursue a civil action with a Irish Lawyer.

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Newspapers and media can pretty much do what they want unfortunately with little to no concequence. They maintain the right to publish what they like as long as they can justify that it is in the best interest of the public.

 

For the record im not saying its right but thats the way it seems to stand

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