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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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SAENZ ZUMBADO, Luis. Intimidad: un derecho inviolable frente a  la cobertura periodística. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2000, vol.17, n.1, pp.12-16. ISSN 2215-5287.

Being informed is a human right, as unquestionable is the right of intimacy.  The 19th article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that every person has the right to search for, diffuse and receive information.  To inform is to transmit to an external being something which allows contributes to the formation of that being.  Intimacy is the right that every person has to develop his/her existence in his/her existencial solitude or in the company of other individuals.  The condition that allows a person to exclude others implies that intimacy can not be violated without the concernment of the person, this inviolability includes the press and other individuals right of receiving information. Rights of public interest are understood to affect, positively or negatively, the entire social group. The right of information is limited by the private life of each individual.  The problem arises when public interest is confused with curiosity and in the name of the right of information, intimacy is disturbed (pseudoinformation).

Palabras clave : Intimacy; information; inviolable right; opinion; press coverage; principle of public interest; private life; right of exclusion; Curiosity; pseudoinformation.

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