Arthur Ashe's right to privacy

It's your call

April 10, 1992

Former tennis star Arthur Ashe said Wednesday he had known since 1988 he was infected with the AIDS virus, but went public only after a USA Today reporter asked if he had AIDS. He said the newspaper violated his right to privacy and there was no "compelling medical or physical necessity to go public with my medical condition." USA Today defended its action by saying Mr. Ashe was a public figure and his illness was news.

The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Did the newspaper act properly in pursuing the story? What should carry the most weight: the public's right to know when a celebrity has AIDS or the celebrity's right to privacy?

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