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Privacy versus the right to information in child pacient – physician – mass media relationship
The present paper is aiming at analyzing the child patient relationship with the attending physician / medical staff and mass media from the ethical point of view. We are looking at the child in distress due to his/her medical condition or to being the victim of unfortunate events like accidents, suicide attempts, rape or others. This kind of cases with children involved, are made public almost daily, often with the help of those who are supposed to respect privacy: doctors, teachers, police officers. In this article I shall present the sources and the motif for the presence in mass media of the medical cases regarding children.
Conclusion: privacy remains a fundamental principle but one which must be looked at individually analyzing each case in particular.
Key words: privacy, right to information, mass media