A panel on Media and privacy rights

SESSION TITTLE: Preserving Privacy in Investigative Journalism: Exploring the Delicate Balance between Public Interest and Privacy Rights

Date: Wednesday 8th November, 2023 Time: 3:12pm-4:45pm (GMT +4)

Moderator: Gayatri Khandhadai |Head of Technology and Human Rights |Resource Centre

Speakers: Mrs Anne Boyer-Donnard, Jean-Luc Mootoosamy, Gabriel Geiger, David Hundeyin, Sonja Smith, Adam Oxford, Latashia Naidoo, Thapelo Ndlovu


In the realm of journalism, the pursuit of truth and the public's right to know often collide with an individual's right to privacy. Investigative journalism, in particular, plays a crucial role in uncovering hidden truths, exposing corruption, and holding the powerful accountable. However, it also raises ethical dilemmas regarding the invasion of privacy. Striking a delicate balance between the public's interest in information and an individual's right to privacy is a challenging task that requires careful consideration. This session aims to delve into the complexities surrounding privacy in investigative journalism, exploring the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions of this issue.


• To understand the fundamental principles of investigative journalism and its role in promoting transparency and accountability.

• To explore the ethical challenges posed by investigative journalism when it comes to protecting individuals' privacy rights.

• To examine the legal frameworks and guidelines that govern the boundaries of privacy in journalism.

• To discuss case studies that highlight the ethical dilemmas faced by journalists and the consequences of privacy breaches.

• To identify potential strategies and best practices for journalists to uphold privacy rights while fulfilling their responsibilities to the public.