LETTER : How to beat the paparazzi

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your photographer, Brian Harris, is mistaken in trying to pass much of the blame on to the public ("Don't shoot the messenger; look to yourself", 1 September), for contributing to the death of the Princess of Wales.

The media, and the popular press in particular, is a very powerful tool, or weapon, that moulds and generates opinion as much as it feeds it. Even the press must now concede that there is an uncrossable border between the demand for pictures of the rich and famous, and crawling over the wreck of a crashed car taking pictures of the dead and dying; the pictures of which, in this case, must surely be impounded by the French courts as the photographers were contravening the French "good samaritan" law at the very moment they took them?

Miss MARJORIE DAWSON

London E17

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