Media News - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
UK's press watchdog has received more than 3,600 complaints about the Sun's publication of pictures of a naked Prince Harry in Las Vegas. The Press Complaints Commission received a deluge of complaints over the weekend about the Sun's front-page story on Friday. Most of the complaints had been received by Tuesday afternoon over an alleged invasion of Prince Harry's privacy. The PCC generally does not investigate third party complaints, and it said Prince Harry's representatives had not complained as of Tuesday afternoon. The last time the PCC received more than 1,000 complaints about an individual story was in May, when the Sun ran a front-page splash about the England football manager, Roy Hodgson, headlined: Bwing on the Euwos. This was not investigated. The Sun was the only British newspaper to reproduce the grainy mobile phone images of the prince after they appeared last week on the US celebrity gossip website TMZ. The News International title defied legal warnings from Clarence House to print the pictures, which it defended as justified in the public interest. The bold move won the backing of the News Corporation chairman, Rupert Murdoch, on Saturday, when he said publication of the pictures was important to make a point about the lack of a free press in Britain. While the Sun has remained unapologetic about its decision to publish, several MPs and celebrities have said the paper overstepped the mark. (The Guardian)
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