I am not going to praise The Sun

big-tomI am not going to praise The Sun. Whilst The Sun has eventually published the images relating to the story about Prince Harry getting jiggy with it, in Las Vegas they have shown a little more courage than their rivals.

What I am going to do slate the entire british newspaper industry for not publishing it initially. Every newspaper ran the story but pulled the images (OK I am not particularly wanting to see Harry naked, it is the principle) under threats from the lawyers of Buckingham Palace.

A free press is essential to call those “in power” or “privileged & influential” positions to account. And as such an important part of the Journalistic job is to report important events including those in the lives of key and influential people in society.

Also if the number of google searches & website hits are anything to go by the public are interested (whilst I realise that isn’t the usual slant on public interest) I think that the newspapers should have published yesterday, editorial content should not be influenced by Buck House, The Police, G4S security gaurds or anyone else.

The Levenson enquiry seems to have reduced most newspaper editors to quivering rabbits caught in the glare of the Levenson Celebrity Band Wagon’s headlights.

Harry may have dropped a bollock on this occasion, but the UK media need to grow a pair.

Tia Sharp’s Murder

From Paul Burgman/PressPhotos-UK.com 11th August 2012. Police officer looks at the tributes left near tia’s grandparents house.

Was out on a job yesterday covering the tributes laid near the house of Tia’s grandparents, I was surprised at the number of people that turned up during the day, I got to New Addington at 0800hrs and stayed until about 1900hrs and the number of tributes was quite impressive.

The only disruption to the dignified process of laying the flowers, cuddly toys and the such like was the arrival of some twat who decided he was going to shove his camera in the face of the assembled press photographers, journalists and even the ENG teams. When it was politely enquired as what he was doing he replied “same as you, but i am photographing arseholes” I don’t have a problem with being photographed in a public place, and neither do my professional colleagues, we can’t really object to others doing what we do, and which is entirely legal. Buy what is the motivation to stick a DSLR in the faces of the press? We do it to celebrities & people in the news because we get paid to, it is our job (but with the exception of a few bad paparazzi, we don’t do it from 7 inches away with a 14mm lens.

The photos will no doubt end up on some amateur snapper sight with loads of sycophantic twats saying well done for sticking it to them. If you know him feel free to invite over here, I’d love to know what he thinks he was acheiving