by tonyleather on 18/09/12 at 10:48 am
I doubt that the royal couple would be at all pleased if the hasty action of of a wayward Irish editor puts a hundred people out of work, but it must be accepted that certain lines should never be crossed, for those who do will pay a heavy price indeed for their mistake.
After the editor of the Irish daily Star – who foolishly authorized the publication of these intrusive images – was suspended on Monday night pending an internal investigation ( the 100 staff still under threat of redundancy), it must have come as welcome news indeed to William and Kate that won a French court injunction preventing celebrity magazine Closer from publishing further paparazzi shots of the topless duchess.
Publishing company Mondadori France, owned by Italian Silvio Berlusconi, will have to pay £8,000 a day any more images are euther published or transmitted them to any third party, and the judgment also ordered them to pay legal fees of £1600. In Nanterre, near Paris, the judge also ordered the opening of a separate criminal investigation about the breaching of royal privacy via the images publication.
BRDP, French police branch responsible for dealing with such matters will investigate, and if found guilty, Closer magazine editor could be jailed for up to a year and the publishers be fined up to £35,000 – the damning judgement described the pictures as a brutal display that had to be surrendered with 24 hours.
William and Kate were no doubt delighted by this ruling – though currently thousands of miles away in the Pacific country of Tuvalu – which in some ways could be viewed as a bid to put down a marker and prevent any further invasion of their privacy, having always believed that the photographer had broken the law.
Even if, as some would have it, this is a case of shutting the stable door too late, there is no doubt that such awful invasions of privacy – that so starkly remind one of the parazzi-caused death of Diana – should not be allowed to be perpetrated on anyone, but perhaps most especu=ially on such a prominent couple as these two obviously are.
Even royalty are entitled to a private life, young couple in love or not, and it is about time that the media were brought severely to book for causing such unthinking and unfeeling embarressment to any victims. I doubt that the royal couple would be at all pleased if the hasty action of of a wayward Irish editor puts a hundred people out of work, but it must be accepted that certain lines should never be crossed, for those who do will pay a heavy price indeed for their mistake.