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Hello ! I am currently training for the CAE and I would be very grateful if someone could please check this essay and maybe give it a mark. Thank you !
Was the French magazine Closer wrong to publish topless photos of a member of the royal family ?
There can be no doubt that, when the French magazine Closer decided to publish topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, they shocked the world. Such an invasion of privacy caused the magazine to be sued and the photos to be withdrawn within a few days of their publication. But while most see in this issue an incredible disrespect of the royal family, some argue that the freedom of the press gave every right to the tabloid to publish those pictures.
Few would dispute the fact that this kind of pictures represents such an invasion of privacy that it is almost grotesque. Everyone has a right to privacy, including celebrities. Furthermore, the fact that the pictures showed the Duchess of Cambridge added to the disrespect and shock felt worldwide.
On the other hand, the freedom of the press reminds us that Closer had all the rights to publish those pictures. Moreover, it should be remembered that tabloids such as this magazine only exist thanks to this kind of scandals; it was therefore natural for the magazine to publish these photos.
In conclusion, whilst the freedom of the medias stays a vital part of the democracy, the publication of this kind of pictures does not respect another liberty, the right to privacy, which is just as important and often forgotten by tabloids, and the identity of the person featured on these photos, be it a member of the royal family or not, does not change anything to this elementary right.
Thank you very much for these very helpful corrections (Did I get that right ? ) I actually thought that "this" was used to describe "kind" which is singular... Anyway, thank you again and have a nice day !