Sir: I have just watched a former picture editor of a national newspaper justify the publication of the voyeuristic images which graced the pages of newspapers across the world last month. It is, apparently, not the editor's fault for publishing pictures that he or she knows were taken in illegal circumstances, but the fault of the public for buying the newspapers which carry such images.
The great handwashing operation has begun. As The Independent has shown, editors are not duty bound to satisfy the public's desire for "news" of "Dodi and Didi". The public is interested, perhaps unhealthily, but this is a result of press publicity. Editors have a responsibility, and the majority have shirked it.