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UK press 'have learnt from Diana'

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are suing the French magazine that published pictures of the duchess topless; there is no sign that any publication in this country will print them. And Buckingham Palace has referred in its public statements specifically to the experience of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Bob Satchwell of the the Society of Editors told the programme that the reason that British newspapers have not published the photographs of Kate had nothing to do with the Leveson Inquiry. Rather, the press have learnt from the experience of Diana and the way the editors' code was strengthened as a consequence.

The code was changed to assert that people are "entitled to their privacy if they had a reasonable expectation" he explained.

Mr. Satchwell added that it is "for the editor of each individual newspaper to decide whether they are going to publish pictures and come up with a defence. The justification is then the point that is scrutinised by the Press Complaints Commission".


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