Princess Diana: an insightful look at the media's involvement in her death how did the media impact her death and how did they handle the after affects

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On August 31st, 1997 Princess Diana of Wales was killed in a car crash that was caused by the paparazzi. Paparazzi are professional photographers who only take pictures of famous people and sell them to newspapers, magazines, and other publications. In the wake of Diana's tragic death, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government might try to enact laws to crack down on invasive media. Since the tragedy, Paris has Princess Diana's fatal accident has raised questions about the media's role and behavior when covering celebrities. The media coverage, both national and international, was intense, and the spotlight of public attention got brighter as her life unfolded. She often was described as the most photographed woman in the world, appearing on the cover of People magazine a record 47 times.

"(Diana) has been hounded literally do death," reported The London Times. "The fact we're hearing that a man actually took photographs of her dying in the car shows what scum these people are and how far they actually go.

But when it comes to photographs of famous people, there is a lot of money at stake. It becomes sheer greed on the photographers' behalf. Cover photos of Diana for tabloids have fetched up to $200,000. Over time, she became the victim of hidden cameras, some of which were installed in the London gym where she exercised. Photographers armed with long-lens cameras stalked Diana during her vacations. But one of the photographers said Sunday that while the media may have contributed to Diana's death, they were not solely responsible. Newspapers are also to blame.

The German tabloid Bild instantly posted pictures online and in their print edition of rescue workers and the mangled Mercedes that Princess Diana was in. The tabloid also set up a chat room to debate...