Patt Morrison for August 24, 2012

The Royal Family’s row over freedom of the press

2012 Atlantic Council's Annual Awards Dinner Honoring HRH Prince Harry

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Prince Harry of England speaks after receiving the Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award at the Atlantic Council's Annual Awards Dinner Honoring HRH Prince Harry at Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.

British newspaper The Sun became the first printed publication to release naked photographs of Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room, despite requests from the Royal Family to respect his privacy. According to an editorial published by The Sun, the photos had a "clear public interest" to be published, “in order for the debate around them to be fully informed."

The controversial pictures were already released and circulated around the internet, but the UK’s Press Complaints Commission warned newspapers to not print the photos, stating it was a violation of PCC code. The Press Complaints Commission has already received over 850 complaints from the public since the photos were published.

In The Sun’s editorial, the newspaper stated "It is absurd that in the internet age newspapers like The Sun could be stopped from publishing stories and pictures already seen by millions on the free-for-all that is the web," and has opened debate on freedom of the press in the U.K.

WEIGH IN:

Should The Sun and other publications be allowed to release controversial photos, despite requests from famous figures? Do you feel that the U.S.’s policy on press is fair or should be more restrictive in private matters?

Guests:

Simon Jenkins, journalist for The Guardian, London's Evening Standard, as well as the BBC; Chairman of the National Trust


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