Rowling privacy win rules celeb kids' pics off limits - Press Gazette

Rowling privacy win rules celeb kids' pics off limits

Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, has won a privacy case against the Sunday Express, which effectively means British newspapers are banned from photographing the children of celebrities in many situations.

It underlines the precedent set by last year's Caroline of Monaco European Court of Human Rights judgment, which said the press was wrong to publish pictures of members of her family, taken in public places when they are on private business.

Rowling and her husband, Dr Neil Murray, sued over the publication of a picture of their son, David, and were represented by media law firm, Schillings.

According to Schillings, the case could have "serious implications for the paparazzi" and the law firm revealed that Rowling and Murray are separately pursuing agency Big Pictures over the Sunday Express pictures.

Rowling said: "While I accept that there is legitimate press interest in me and my work, I am delighted that my children's right to privacy has been recognised by the Express.

"Neil and I will continue to protect that right, on our children's behalf, as vigorously as possible."



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