9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1478 times:
Princes William and Harry have said they are "deeply saddened" at the publication in Italy of a photograph of Princess Diana as she lay dying.
Their comments come after UK magazine distributors were urged not to import copies of the Italian magazine Chi.
In a statement, the princes said they were upset that "such a low has been reached" adding they would make moves to protect her, as she had them. UK newspapers have condemned the publication.
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1443 times:
Ethic question... Publishing it, especially against the family's will, is very disrespectful. I think they could say no, even if there are a lot of "bloodthristy" curious people out there who would like to see it.
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AirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
Why does Britain even have the Royal family anymore? I know reality TV is a big hit here in the US, but I for one am totally turned off by watching the wanna-be monarchs in our Hollywood and I can see little practical value in keeping the fasade of a Royal family in the headlines (I'd say power but it's not like they really have any, do they?)
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
I have seen some of the photos myself and they are not for the weak. I would say you have to ask yourself this, would you want photos of your loved ones last minutes on this Earth printed for all to see?
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
I can't believe EVERY SINGLE photographer just stood there taking photo's of her instead of attempting to help her, considering she was still alive...I mean come on.....those photographer do not deserve to live after just standing there. No human decency!
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Par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1198 times:
It's called Freedom of the press when they print things that we don't mind, we all jump up and support them, funny thing is, that's the same way democracy works, its why we have elections, so that those we elect can be held accountable. Who elected the media and who holds them accountable?
Societies have elevated the press to a higher level, as if they are not in business for profit, they have some moral obligation to our cause, etc etc etc.
Well guess what, they are doing what they are in business for, not to inform, educate etc, those are side effects, they are in business to make money pure and simple. Those photographers sold those pics for money, and they are now being published to recoup the expense.
The Brits now want to unravel their freedoms by banning the import, why would they do that, we all know that no self respecting Brit would ever buy the mags with the pics, so what the point?
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1193 times:
Quoting Par13del (Reply 17): The Brits now want to unravel their freedoms by banning the import, why would they do that, we all know that no self respecting Brit would ever buy the mags with the pics, so what the point?
Everything there is wrong. No one wants to ban the photo. And a lot of people would buy the photo. The sales of Chi will undoubtedly have increased when the edition with the photo was published, if people are morbid enough to buy the mag, then there's a clear public interest and why shouldn't the magazine print them?
9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1169 times:
Quoting Par13del (Reply 17): The Brits now want to unravel their freedoms by banning the import
This woman has been dead now for years, why can't the press just leave her alone? They are not interested in Diana the person, they are just interested in selling papers. Isn't it time they moved on and let the poor woman rest in peace? Could you imagine being William or Harry and this was your mother?
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1169 times:
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Quoting Par13del (Reply 17): Those photographers sold those pics for money, and they are now being published to recoup the expense.
I beg your pardon, but they are not photographers - they are vultures that prey from other peoples sorrow. What kind of sick bastard stands by and take photographs of a dying person in order to make money, in this case Princess Diana?!
The headlines will most probably shout out: "The photos that you have always wanted to see - Princess Diana during her last moments of life. I find it absolutely loathsome...
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Par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1144 times:
Whether any of us think its right or wrong to publish the pictures is irrelevant, unless we want to fundamentally change our societies, censorship anyone?
This is the price we pay for supporting freedom of the press, we have to take the good with the bad, and unless we pass some new laws, your options are to buy or not buy their products.
As I said before, we celebrate the good, now we have to put up with the bad.
Have not heard the Royals say anything, and apart from a media release expressing dispointment, I would be surprized if the say anything at all, thats the only way I believe they can effectively deal with this situation, unless there are strange EU laws which they can use to sue? Don't the French have some laws about rendering aid to accident victims, and no one was prosecuted as a result of this accident, now we have evidence in the form of these pictures? Do I smell a conspiracy here?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
Why not just ship the pic to a publication in the USA. I am quite sure some low-life one will publish it, then some can bring it into the UK.
It is very strange that the UK, via the Magna Carta, practically invented the idea of freedom of the press (actully speech), yet the government there can stop and has regularly stopped the publication and distribution of magazines and books and have done so, like in this situation, if issues of 'security' or insensitive pix or discussions of the Royal Family.