INTRODUCTION - JUDGMENTS
LOREENA'S LETTERS OF CORRECTION & COMMENT
REFERENCES & LINKS - PRESS RELEASES
|A former friend and employee of Loreena wrote a book entitled “Travels with Loreena McKennitt” which was self published in the UK in June 2005. Aside from containing numerous errors and distortions, the book was found to have compromised a confidentiality agreement and invaded Loreena’s privacy as it pertained to many matters, including her bereavement over her fiance’s death. There was a UK High Court trial in Nov 2005 , a judgment in Loreena’s favour on Dec 21, 2005, and a further Appeal hearing and favourable judgment on Dec 14, 2006. The House of Lords in March of 2007 decided also to let the original judgment of Justice Eady stand, by declining to hear further arguments after the Court of Appeal ruling also confirmed his first instance decision.
It is probably safe to say that many of you have come to this page from a variety of directions. Some of you will have stumbled on it out of curiosity or because of media coverage of the UK privacy case in which I have been involved. Others are perhaps taking a professional interest. From whatever your direction of interest, you are welcome.
BROADER LEGAL AND SOCIAL CONTEXT
In its own right, this is an important legal human rights story which stems out of the European Convention on Human Rights; in particular Articles 8 and 10, which address the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. It demands that the reader make the distinction between secrecy and privacy, as well as between what is in the public’s interest and what is serving their prurient curiosity.
It is also a 'media culture' story in that it reveals some of the pitfalls of a society which has become increasingly celebrity obsessed, sometimes to the point of harassment and stalking.
It is a story which causes one to reflect on the conflict of interest which arises from time to time when a story challenges corporate media’s commercial interests, as this one does, in terms of the tension between right to privacy and unfettered freedom of expression.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence."
"There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedom of others."
ARTICLE 8 EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
ARTICLE 12 UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS