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Media Attacks on Child Stars and Children of Stars Reaches New Low By Robin Barnes

The headlines are getting worse and worse. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise and Kate Holmes have a strong basis for a legal challenge to public media attacks on their kids. Tabloid-style stalking and criticism of their kids and parenting styles has reached an all time low, and is one of the reasons that Gwyneth Paltrow cites for moving abroad.
Claiming that Angelina’s kid are out of control, the reporting begins with the now infamous “unnamed source:” “They’re the most famous kids in the world, but it seems as if the older they get, the more violent and belligerent they become,” a source said.
From Lindsay Lohan to Miley Cryus and now onto what they call the A-list Tots and “Suri Watch,” the voyeurism and scrutiny remain unabated.
This represents a continuing ongoing violation of familial privacy rights and assault to the human dignity of the children involved. In European culture there are long standing rules governing invasion of family privacy and penalties for inhibiting free development of personality, especially in the young.
As signatories to the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, the U.S. media should be held to account for its blatant violations of Article 22: which guarantees that every member of society, the right to security and entitlement to realization, and protection through national and international co-operation of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
A petition to the United Nations requesting a review of the application of U.S. law that grants unbounded freedom to the tabloid press, may be a significant first step in the recognition of this vital democratic principle.