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Public Interest

The following are some guiding principles about the meaning of public interest:1. Public interest is something of serious concern common to the public at large or a significant section of the public, such as a disadvantaged or marginalised group.2. For something to be of “public interest” it must amount to more than a private right or individual interest, although the two may coincide.3. For something to be of “public interest” it must amount to more than something merely “of interest to the public”, although again, the two may coincide.4. There may be competing public interests in any one case that have to be weighed against each other.