Princess Caroline of Monaco's privacy complaint rejected
Published 07/02/2012 | 12:49
A European court has rejected an invasion-of-privacy complaint by Caroline of Monaco. The potentially ground-breaking ruling upholds the right of the media to report on celebrities, such as the Princess.
The ruling by the court in the eastern French city of Strasbourg looks at the often-tricky balance between the media's right to expression and the individual's right to privacy.
Today's ruling upheld media rights in two German cases that were rolled into one at the European Court of Human Rights. It sets a benchmark for all members of the 47-country Council of Europe.
One case involved news reports about a German TV star accused of using cocaine.
The other had to do with the 2002 publication of a photo of Princess Caroline and her husband during a skiing holiday.
Caroline's daughter Charlotte Casiraghi is also waging a privacy battle.
In July her lawyer told AFP she will file a suit against the media for intruding into her private life and publishing doctored photographs.
Casiraghi, 25, a champion show jumper, was being hounded incessantly by the paparazzi and is "being pursued relentlessly day and night by dozens of individuals and/or photographers", they said.
Alain Toucas said Casiraghi faced "daily hell".