One cannot control the internet

“Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun a bid in a French court to stop the sale and distribution of topless pictures of the duchess”- BBC News 

Carrying on the descussion in class about the right to print publish certain pictures – tonight I will be blogging about the Dutchess of Cambridge and French Closer magaizine scandal.

Was it right for the French publication to publish topless pictures of the royal on holiday, while the British media was banned? I mean, most of us all have computers with internet so therefore have access to such pictures.

Now the Irish and Italian press have a hold of the picture – so whats the fuss all about?

The different media laws in other countries makes it very hard to know what is right and wrong concerning someone’s privacy. In the UK there are laws which protect a persons privacy however in the US it is a very different story.

When you publish on the internet – anyone across the world can be your audience. I think that it is a violation of Kate’s privacy as the pictures were taken with a large zoom lens and could not be seen with the naked eye – excuse the pun!

The Press Complaints Commission, Editors Code sets the law for UK media and clearly states privacy laws…

i) Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.

ii) Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual’s private life without consent. Account will be taken of the complainant’s own public disclosures of information.

iii) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.

Note – Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Kates lawyer today stated that the Republican of Ireland press could be sued as it owned British publications and printing the pictures of Kate would violate the Editors Code.Image


About hparr247

Glasgow Caledonian University journalism student who has studied at Stony Brook University in New York. Curious and amazed about the world, what it is up to, and its people.
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