Hugh Grant backs celebs seeking injunctions to protect privacy

Updated: May 14, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

London Defending the use of injunctions to protect celeb’s public life, Actor Hugh Grant opined that privacy was ‘one of your most basic human rights’, and that it should not be removed ‘just because you’ve had a bit of success’.

According to the 50-year-old Notting Hill star, the British press had ‘been completely out of control for the last 20 years’.

His comments came amid growing disquiet about use of injunctions and ‘super-injunctions’ - whose very existence cannot be reported - to prevent publication of details about the private lives of well-known people.

"It’s a bit like living under the Stasi. You never know when you haven’t got a long lens in the bushes at the end of my road or in a car. I’ve had my phone hacked, I’ve had the police come and tell me that now. They’re always looking for anyone you may have been in contact with," the Mirror quoted Grant as saying during an appearance on BBC Two’s ‘Newsnight’.

"It’s fabulous that people can go to a judge and stop these things being printed, and it’s wonderful that ultimately if it goes on like that the worst of the tabloids will pretty much go out of business, because there’s very little real journalism done in those papers now. It’s mainly stealing successful people’s privacy and selling it," he added.