Prince Harry subject of 3,600 complaints
Posted by: KC Orcutt
Published on: August 29th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
As reported last week on Albany2cents, (and pretty much every day on other outlets since then), it’s been hard to avoid reading about Prince Harry’s unfortunate photograph leak of him playing strip billiards in Las Vegas.
The naked photos were published in The Sun, which was the only national newspaper to carry the photos. The photos were first published online and then quickly were the talk of the media both in print and online.
As reported, Britain’s Press Complaints Commission has received around 3,600 complaints over The Sun’s decision to publish the naked photos of Prince Harry.
Royal officials argued that the photos were a breach of the prince’s privacy but the officials weren’t among those who filed complaints with the U.K. press watchdog.
The Sun defends its decision to publish the photos due to public interest.
Rupert Murdoch, who owns The Sun under his media company News Corp., defended the paper’s decision on Twitter. He wrote, “Simple equation: free, open uncontrollable Internet versus shackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let’s get real.”
What do you think? Should the photos have been published? What’s your final stance on this before we talk about something else? Who do you think should be responsible for apologizing to the 3,600 complaints if anyone?