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					On August 31st, 1997 Princess Diana of Wales was killed in a car crash that was caused by the papara
zzi. Paparazzi are professional photographers who only take pictures of famous people and sell them
to newspapers, magazines, and other publications. In the wake of Diana's tragic death, British Prime
 Minister Tony Blair and his government might try to enact laws to crack down on invasive media. Sin
ce the tragedy, Paris has Princess Diana's fatal accident has raised questions about the media's rol
e and behavior when covering celebrities. The media coverage, both national and international, was i
ntense, and the spotlight of public attention got brighter as her life unfolded. She often was descr
ibed as the most photographed woman in the world, appearing on the cover of People magazine a record
 47 times.      "(Diana) has been hounded literally do death," reported The London Times. "The fact we'r
e hearing that a man actually took photographs of her dying in the car shows what scum these people
are and how far they actually go. But when it comes to photographs of famous people, there is a lot
of money at stake. It becomes sheer greed on the photographers' behalf. Cover photos of Diana for ta
bloids have fetched up to $200,000. Over time, she became the victim of hidden cameras, some of whic
h were installed in the London gym where she exercised. Photographers armed with long-lens cameras s
talked Diana during her vacations. But one of the photographers said Sunday that while the media may
 have contributed to Diana's death, they were not solely responsible. Newspapers are also to blame.
The German tabloid Bild instantly posted pictures online and in their print edition of rescue worker
s and the mangled Mercedes that Princess Diana was in. The tabloid also set up a chat room to debate
 the use of the photo. A letter to the public is on the site, stating "Bild did not buy any photogra
phs of the bodies of Princess Diana and Dodi and does not intend to buy such photographs." Just beca
use the paper denied buying pictures they are still guilty of supporting the paparazzi French autho
rities confiscated some film taken by paparazzi, according to reports. Some photographers were arres
ted after allegedly tailing and then not aiding the Princess of Wales and her companion, Dodi al Fay
ed, who also died in the accident. U.S. tabloids such as the National Enquirer have pledged not to b
uy or publish the rumored photos. Still, media critics and online editors say it's only a matter of
time before more gruesome photos are available internationally via cyberspace and the tabloids. It's
 going to leak all over the place, online and off," said Jon Katz, media critic for Wired magazine.
"The Internet has made it impossible to completely contain these images. This is the biggest story i
n the world and people are going to want to see them--it's human nature. There are going to be fake
photos and real photos...It can't be controlled. "Television's marathon coverage of Princess Diana's
 death is only driving the desire, Katz added. "They are contributing to the appetite. [Yet] the pho
tos are not going to appear on mainstream news sites." In the coming weeks, all these tabloid editor
s who are now acting so aghast and self-righteous in refusing to buy the Princess Diana crash/death
scene photos will be falling all over each other, making large cash offers to the surviving bodyguar
d to tell his 'exclusive' story of what he witnessed that fateful evening," said one newsgroup post.
   She was dating somebody; this doesn't have anything to do with the public's 'right to know.' Famous
 people should have the right to lead normal lives just like the rest of us. Instead, the paparazzi
stalks with total disregard to any moral standards regarding privacy and human right. There are laws
 which can be enforced when dealing with reporters. The most common is the restraining order. Howeve
r, photographers can legally follow you home, go on your property, and even take pictures of you. If
 a reporter was to repeatedly continue this after being asked to leave, a stalking or criminal haras
sment charge can be constituted under the criminal code. Even though celebrities have this right by
law, charging every probing journalist would have half of Hollywood in the courtroom for most of the
ir lives Yet the death of the Princess Diana was the subject of more newspaper coverage than the mos
t dramatic events of the Second World War and set a media record. No other subject in the agency's a
rchives, which go back to 1880, compared with the coverage devoted to Diana's death, funeral and sub
sequent stories. In death, there was even more press interest than during her life. This is very une
thical Princess Diana's tragic death and the presence of paparazzi at the crash scene raised concern
s about privacy laws and press freedom in Britain. During her funeral service in Westminster Abbey,
Earl Spencer, her brother stated that Princess Diana talked to him endlessly of getting away from En
gland, mainly because of the treatment that she received at the hands of the newspapers. Therefore,
there should be strict laws placed on the media to limit the stalking of public figures and to stop
the paparazzi from causing another similar tragedy on a victim of paparazzi greed.           Bibliography Int
ernet sites 1.Article: "how far is too far"
tml 2.Article: "Net mourns Di, debates media role."
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