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    Thursday, 4 October 2007

    Should the Wolf think no one is listening? Middleton bleats again

    The Daily Telegraph carried a piece yesterday highlighting a letter sent by Prince Charles' solicitors to the PCC warning of legal action as a prospective, if last, resort should the perceived harassment of Ms Middleton not cease. The solicitors are said to have filmed the disturbing activities of the paparazzi outside her London home to support any complaint.

    This isn't the first time Middleton has raised the issue of paparazzi harassment. In July, she complained to police, while in April she pulled a complaint made to the PCC. The article includes a quote from a 'senior industry source': "essentially, they will be trying to guarantee that photographs of Miss Middleton can be taken only on her terms. I am afraid it does not work that way". I'm afraid the mood music suggests that it might soon, and maybe should...


    Andrew Scott said...

    More is emerging on this story. The BBC Online is carrying a story to the effect that the Daily Mail has nobly foregone the opportunity to publish photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton acquired in the midst of an 'aggressive' paparazzi pursuit. Similar photos have been published by the Evening Standard, and the Sun (although the latter claims only to have published pre-chase images).

    Max Clifford has offered a weasly rebuke to the effect that the chase would not have happened if they had only stood still for 5 minutes to allow everyone to get their snaps.

    Meanwhile, the PCC has issued a statement warning editors against using photos obtained in such manner.

    Andrew Scott said...

    There was much more on this in the weekend papers. See the following:
    - Prince 'concerned' by paparazzi pursuit
    - Prince William eyes legal action over paparazzi

    - Paparazzi are media's dangerous scrum

    Andrew Scott said...

    Peter Wright, editor of the Mail on Sunday, no doubt spoke for his entire profession before the House of Lords Communications Committee last week when he accepted that hounding by the paparazzi was, erm, 'not right'.

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