This is such a loaded topic. Especially since the news hook into it involves a former prime minister, his daughter, Halloween, News Ltd and some vodka.
Here is how Fairfax is reporting it:
ENRAGED by what he regards as an invasion of his family’s privacy, the former prime minister Paul Keating has called for the rewriting of privacy laws so that media would have to gain someone’s permission before publishing a photograph or story about their private life.
”Matters for which there is no public right to know ought to be the preserve of the citizenry in its privacy,” Mr Keating told the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday. ”That includes details of their personal lives, altercations in marriages, love affairs, compromising photographs taken of them privately without their consent. These are all matters that should be off limits for newspapers and other media.”
Mr Keating contacted the SMH after an article in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph which alleged his daughter, Katherine, kicked one of its photographers at a social event at the State Theatre and said: ”Do you want me to throw you down the stairs and kill you?”
Through her father, Ms Keating denied the claims and accused the journalist who wrote the story of ”wilful misrepresentation”. This prompted a furious response from the chairman and chief executive of News Ltd, John Hartigan, who accused Ms Keating of lying and her father of being motivated by self-interest in calling for privacy law reform.
Ms Keating denied the altercation took place as reported. ”It is a wilful misrepresentation by the journalist, Jonathon Moran, of the conversation. Moran did not call to discuss the incident or to verify the quotes. But when Moran rang an organiser of the event, the organiser said I would never say such a thing. This was not enough to discourage Moran from running the story unchecked.”
Mr Keating did not deny his daughter was angry but said she denied kicking the photographer and alleged she was deliberately ”ambushed”. But Mr Hartigan said: ”Her claim she neither assaulted or threatened our staff … is a lie. Two of our staff witnessed the threats and the assault and they have given signed and witnessed statements to this effect today.”
Well, there’s a few issues to unpack right there!
I’m not going to get into what did or didn’t happen at the party in terms of assault etc but it does seem that all parties agree that Katherine Keating didn’t want her photo taken and was pissed off when it was.
On the surface, I find that a little hard to endorse. Maybe she was just having a bad day or a grumpy moment but if you are going to attend a public party like that, there is an implicit understanding you will be photographed. That is WHY you have been invited.