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A lady at Leveson - I forget who - talked about being chased by, shouted at and spat at by photographers.
This apparently being standard procedure to get the "eyes wide open in shock" pictures they want.

As she said, this would have been illegal if they hadn't been carrying cameras. (Not convinced it's legal anyway, but that's just me.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 07:28:47 AM EST
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I think it's clearly in poor taste to publish the photos -- not that anybody at the Sun (let alone TMZ) could ever be accused of having good taste -- but not in the same galaxy as harrassment and threatening behavior towards people or hacking people's phones.  Those are all criminal behaviors, as far as I'm concerned.  The lady should be perfectly justified in calling the cops and/or making the photographer eat his camera.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 08:02:18 AM EST
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Well it's not even Varguely Legal, (It was Sienna Miller by the way) Hugh Grants evidence included, after something like this happening to his girlfriend, her mother attempting to confront two photographers, one driving their car at her.

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 08:52:23 AM EST
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That is rather striking, considering the attitudes of police in the U.K. to citizens who are not photographers taking pictures in public. Seems that the attitude is that any provocative behavior by photographers in the interests of corporate profit is OK, while any citizen photography is inherently suspect and grounds for police harassment, or worse.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 01:09:33 PM EST
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I guess this Royal episode will set more definite decency standards. An opoprtunity indeed.

The lady should be perfectly justified in calling the cops and/or making the photographer eat his camera.

If she is not identifiable, her best justified action is to do nothing.

There is an old puzzle-anecdote about Victorian times. A Cambridge professor is enjoying sun-bathing on a secluded lawn on a bank of a river, fully naked. Suddenly he hears his students approaching from behind trees, walking along the river. The professor has only a towel, too small for cover. What he has to do?

by das monde on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 10:28:04 AM EST
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There are advantages to living in a barbarian state.  Paparazzi in the US don't go to these extremes; they know they'd get shot.
by rifek on Wed Aug 29th, 2012 at 02:00:57 PM EST
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"Cameras don't kill careers, popular opinion does".


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by Number 6 on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 08:35:16 AM EST
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