Channel 4 documentary, produced in 1987, arguing for the introduction of a right to privacy in the UK under The European Convention on Human Rights.
A decade later, the Human Rights Act of 1998 provided, for the very first time, a right to privacy under English law.
Reporter: Christine Chapman
Editor: Philip Clarke
Producer/Director: Ian McNulty
A Diverse Production for Channel 4.
London Evening Standard Review
29 Jan 1987
by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
A bad Press for scandal-mongers
Christine Chapman and Ian McNulty, reporter and producer respectively of last night's Diverse Reports (Channel Four), do not like journalists.
In this programme Chapman suggested that there should be a law against the kind of scandal-mongering of which Sir Ralph Halpern is the latest victim.
The style of the documentary was dramatic. Interviews were interspersed with moody shots of reporters and photographers. Fat, all male, chain-smoking and sloppily dressed, they were an unnattractive bunch.
Close-ups of grubby fingers clutching the inevitable cigarette reinforced the sense of distaste. Repeated shots of a photographer (his camera functioning as a mask) punctuated the programme, and the nastily impersonal sound of his shutter whirring, suggested the implacability of the press. No point trying to appeal the this faceless automaton's better nature.
This heightened style matched the urgency of Chapman's views about the way the Press pry into what does not concern them "Quite simply," she said, "there ought to be a law against it."