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4A News-Leader Monday, September 1, 1997 Page edited by Jan Peterson; call 836-1199 after 5 p.m. Princess Diana !Right to privacy mder scrutiny Quotes from the media Tabloid journalism is a parasitic journalism. It feeds off of the misery and the embarrassment ... of society. Its purpose is not to illuminate; its purpose is to titillate." David R.Lutman, president of the National Press Photographers Association 1 don't understand at all why would a chauffeur and bodyguard .. permit the car to be operated in an unsafe way. There may be more facts to this we don't know. At this point, I don't understand why they would let that sort of episode dictate how the car was being driven." Ralph Langer, executive vice president and editor of The Dallas Morning News "If the wire services run photos taken of the crash, there'd be a lot of talking among Tribune editors" about whether to use them. George Langford, public editor of the Chicago Tribune 1 can't imagine being interested in pictures of the carnage. I think you have to make a distinction between the mainstream press and paparazzi. The mainstream press doesn't run these quickly grabbed celebrity shots." Douglas C. Clifton, executive editor of The Miami Herald World leaders offer kind words Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and others pay tribute to Princess Diana. The Associated Press Around the world, the people she charmed and the causes that counted on her grieved for Princess Diana on Sunday. "I will never forget her laughter," said Diana Kresic, the 13-year-old daughter of a Bosnian land mine victim. The girl met a smiling, compassionate Princess of Wales earlier this year when Diana toured the former Yugoslavia and Angola for a high-profile campaign against land mines one of countless efforts by Diana to give what she had too much of fame to the charities and movements that got too little of it The princess first entered the public eye at 19, a shy kindergarten teacher fleeing photographers in ferocious pursuit of a shot of Prince Charles' girlfriend. Her every move was chronicled. 0UH1 Some stricken silent; others pray Continued from 1A wrapped in the royal standard. Long before the aircraft with its distinctive red tail and Union Jack motif touched down on its return trip at a Royal Air Force base outside London on Sunday evening, sorrow had engulfed the country. Diana's coffin was taken from the plane by an air force honor guard and carried in funereal lockstep to a hearse headed for a private mortuary. The ceremony was conducted in total silence as the prince, the prime minister and others stood watching. The only sound was the flutter of flags in the stiff wind. People sobbed in the streets of the capital. Mourners thronged the grounds outside Kensington Palace, virtually carpeting the field with flowers and pushing bouquets through the wrought-iron and gold filigree gates. Many stood in stricken silence, others knelt prayed, made the sign of the cross and slumped to the ground in tears. "Born a lady, became a princess, died a saint," read one inscription on a bouquet Two thousand people jammed St Paul's Cathedral for a memorial service at the site of the July 29, 1981, marriage that began her legendary transformation. Sunday night her body was moved to the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace in central London, just a few hundred yards from Buckingham Palace. Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced today. French police were investigating the role seven pursuing paparazzi photographers may have played in the early Sunday morning tragedy. The crash occurred in a tunnel at a bridge, the Pont de l'Alma, just north of the Eiffel Tower. Fayed, 42-year-old son of the billionaire Egyptian owner of London's prestigious Harrods department store, was dead at the scene, as was the chauffeur. Diana's death raises concerns about the role of paparazzi and all types of media. Gannett News Service WASHINGTON - Princess Diana's brother said Sunday that paparazzi and the tabloids have blood on their hands. The princess's death Sunday morning after the car in which she was riding crashed while reportedly trying to escape photographers set off new condemnations of the media, especially the paparazzi photographers who mercilessly shadow celebrities for candid shots. Suddenly, questions that for years have hinged around celebrities' right to privacy have exploded into global questions of life and death. Are paparazzi journalists, too, or as one prominent critic put it high-tech peeping toms, satiating the prurient interests of a public that can crave and condemn their sneak photos with equal fervor? With such a lucrative tabloid market around the world for pictures and gossip about celebrities, are readers culpable, too? And for all her exhausting battles with the paparazzi who dogged her, didn't Princess Diana use the media to promote her most passionate causes? but the gossip columns and tabloid TV shows often failed to capture her true nature, said Plamenko Prigani-ca of the U.S.-based Land Mine Survivors Network, who lives and works in Tuzla, Bosnia. "Everybody always talked about her private life, but not enough about how she was as a human being," a mourning Priganica said. In the hours after the Paris car crash that claimed Diana's life, condolences poured in from across the world. It was Diana's role as a "queen in people's hearts" the title she said she most coveted that won praise from South African President Nelson Mandela, who paid tribute to Diana as "an ambassador for victims of land mines, war orphans, the sick and needy throughout the world." In Calcutta, Mother Teresa hon French police said the investigation of the crash, which a bodyguard survived with serious injuries, would be handled by a special unit usually assigned to high-priority terrorism cases. Diana and Fayed had dined at the Ritz Hotel owned by Fayed's familyand reportedly were on their way to a private villa in western Paris, also owned by Fayed. Witnesses said the photographers, riding motorcycles, were swarming around the black Mercedes-Benz before it entered the tunnel shortly after midnight France's interior minister, Jean-Pierre Chevene-ment said Diana's car was traveling Spencer at high speed through the tunnel, and the driver lost control He didn't specify the speed, but a source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was well over 60 mph perhaps almost twice that The speed limit was 30 mph. Diana and Fayed were not believed to be wearing seat belts, the source said. The car hit a curb, crashed Into a concrete post in the center divider, then bounced across the right lane and smashed roof-first into the tiled wall. The impact destroyed the car, turning it into a heap of crumpled metal and broken glass. Diana was rushed to Paris' Hospital de la Pitie Salpetriere, suffering major chest and lung injuries and internal bleeding. Dr. Bruno Riou said Diana had quickly gone into cardiac arrest and that doctors tried for at least two hours to save her, applying internal and external cardiac massage to no avail. The powerful joined ordinary people in mourning the loss. President Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary, 1 -SM A police van transports the seven photographers detained Sunday in connection with a high-speed motorcycle chase during which Princess Diana and two others died. This image was taken from video. Some American journalists and media critics fear the death of one of the world's most famous women will provoke laws aimed at shielding the privacy of public figures that could clash with the First Amendment "My concern is that people will seize on this story because it is a truly dreadful story and use it as an illustration of the need for legislating constraints on the activities of the press," said Marvin Kalb, a former ored Diana's commitment to those less fortunate than herself. "She was very concerned for the poor. She was very anxious to do something for them. That is why she was close to me." David Harvey, executive director of the Washington-based national AIDS Policy Center for Children, Youth and Families, said: "With one royal handshake given to a young man with AIDS in the late 1980s, Diana forever changed the face of AIDS for the world." Singer Michael Jackson canceled a concert scheduled Sunday in Belgium that 60,000 people were to attend. Concert organizer Paul Ambach said Jackson was stunned by the news of Diana's death and unable to perform. President Clinton, vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., said he and his wife, Hillary, "knew Princess Diana, and we were very fond of her." "We are profoundly saddened by this tragic event" "knew Princess Diana and we were very fond of her." Diana's only brother, Charles, who lives in South Africa, immediately accused the media Sunday of Last Holiday. 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"Right now, everything is embraced by the word media, and so whether you are a paparazzi or Johnny Apple of the New York Times ... you are all viewed as part of the media, and you are viewed all togeth Fayed buried in simple ceremony in Britain The Associated Press LONDON Dodi Fayed was buried Sunday after a swift and simple Islamic ceremony in Britain, a country that denied his father citizen ship but welcomed his millions in investment. The quiet tribute to Fayed, 42, was overshadowed by national mourning for 36-year-old Princess Diana, who died shortly Fayed after the same car crash in Paris early Sunday. Fayed's coffin, draped in a black cloth with gold lettering, arrived at the central London mosque in Regent's Park shortly after nightfall. A police motorcyclist and two police cars escorted the hearse; about 50 mourners waited outside the mosque. Raafat Maglad, a prayer caller at the mosque, said Mohamed Al Fayed attended the 25-minute funeral for his son as did Egypt's ambassador to killing his sister. "I always believed the press would kill her in the end," Spencer said, blaming editors or publishers who had paid for intrusive pictures. by Labor Day the summer sale ends Monday! OPEN LABOR DAY 10:00 am to 4:00 pra SPRINGFIELD 2510 S. Campbell Avenue 881-2111 (800)827-1708 Monday Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm Sunday 1-5pm Visit us on the Internet! er," he said. In his grief, Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, did not distinguish. "I would say that I always believed the press would kill her in the end," he said. "But not even I could imagine that they would take such a direct hand in her death as seems to be the case." Public anger was heightened over reports that some photographers took pictures rather than help Diana and the three others trapped in the car. Steve Coz, editor of the "National Enquirer," told CNN on Sunday that his publication wouldn't purchase the photos in an effort "to send a message." Bunton said American paparazzi generally differ from their European colleagues. Although American paparazzi will charter helicopters to take pictures of a wedding, he said, "they don't try to kill people on the road." It is a good bet that the pictures of Diana in distress will appear somewhere, predicted media critic Ben Bagdikian. "If there is not a market, they would not be doing what they do, risking their lives, creating the kind of circus we saw in front of the O.J. Simpson trial," Bagdikian said. But, he added, "Journalists and journalism should not duck out of the issue by saying that the public wants it" Britain. Afterward, Fayed was buried at Brookwood cemetery, 25 miles southwest of London, police said. Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of Har-rods department store in London and the Ritz hotel in Paris had wanted his son to be buried in Britain, family spokesman Michael Cole said earlier Sunday. "He is very patriotic about this country," Cole said. Fayed the Oscar-winning producer of the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire," as well as "The World According to Garp," "FX" and "Hook" -had hardly been known in Britain until his romance with Diana hit the tabloids last month. Sunday night, the hundreds of twinkling lights on Harrods were switched off. Spotlights illuminated the Union Jack flags flying at half-staff at the store in London's upscale Knights-bridge neighborhood. "Diana and Dodi, you will both be missed by the nation," said one message left outside of Harrods. or sob Every one of them, he said, "has blood on his hands." Spencer added he was glad his sister was in a place "where no human being can ever touch her again." This Holiday. 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Reporter says Diana planned to retreat Princess Diana planned to withdraw from public life at the end of this year, according to a journalist who interviewed her several hours before her fatal car crash in Paris, "She told me she had decided to radically change her life," the Daily Mail's royal reporter, Richard Kay, wrote in today's editions of the newspaper. "She would then, she said, be able to live as she always wanted to live. Not as an icon how she hated to be called one but as a private person," Kay said. Bodyguard still in hospital The one survivor of the crash, Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, a bodyguard of Fayed's from Wales who is a former member of the Royal Military Police, was still in a Paris hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Categories of royal funerals Royal funerals fall into three categories. A full state funeral is for kings and queens but may by order of the monarch and a vote in Parliament be extended to exceptionally distinguished people like Churchill. The second is a ceremonial funeral for those of the family who hold high military rank, for the consort of the sovereign and for the heir to the throne. The third is a private funeral, which is just for members of the extended royal family, their children and their spouses. The private funeral would seem to accommodate precedent, but it would leave the public feeling that the monarchy had not treated Diana properly in death. The future standing of the royal family turns on such decisions, and the family's conduct in the coming days could be an opportunity for a diminished institution to regain respect. ETHAN ALLEN" HOME INTERIORS

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