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Nine out of ten people back a privacy law. But we already have one

By Andrew Monson   December 1997

In January 1990 Gordon Kaye, star of the television comedy series ‘Allo ‘Allo, suffered severe head injuries in a freak accident. Driving his car in London during a gale, a piece of wood detached itself from a billboard hoarding and smashed through his windscreen.

A few weeks later, reporters from The Sport inveigled themselves into the private hospital room where Kaye was recovering. They took photographs and conducted an interview with Kaye, although he was not making much sense.

Kaye’s agent applied to the court for an injunction to prevent publication of any of this material. The judge at first…

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