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Public interest and the Prince - the Sun fails the responsibility test « Inforrm's Blog

So finally, the "Sun" has come up with a public interest argument to justify writing about and publishing illegally taken photographs of a party in a private hotel room.  Under the headline "We fight for press freedom" the "Sun" bootstraps for Britain - justifying its publication of private photographs by reference to the "debate" which it, and the rest of the media have generated.  The public interest in publishing the photographs is, apparently, "in order for the debate about them to be fully informed".   

And then there is this curious version of the "argument from the internet": everybody has already seen the photographs so  "Sun" readers need to see them too.  The photographs are described as the "Pics of Harry you've already seen on the internet" - that is, they are in the public domain.  But also, these are the pictures who those who get their news in print and don't have internet access "could not see".   It this clear?  The "Sun" is publishing both because everyone has already seen the pictures and because millions have not.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 10:31:51 AM EST

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