Magazine sorry over Zapatero holiday photos

25th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2004, MINORCA – The glossy magazine at the centre of a row over holiday photos of the prime minister's daughters apologised Thursday to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his wife.

26 August 2004

MINORCA – The glossy magazine at the centre of a row over holiday photos of the prime minister's daughters apologised Thursday to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his wife.

The editor of Diez Minutos, which specialises in showbiz and celebrity paparazzi photo-spreads, said sorry for printing the four-page piece with pictures of the couple's daughters Laura and Alba, who are aged eight and ten.

In the magazine's feature, the girls' faces cannot be seen, but the editor said the identities of the girls was obvious. 

The row blew up Wednesday when Zapatero and his wife Sonsoles Espinosa sent an urgent fax to the magazine Diez Minutos asking the editor not to syndicate pictures of their two girls on their summer holiday in Minorca.

The family did not agree to the feature.

Headlined 'Zapatero, his first holiday as president', the piece carries colour pictures of the two girls.

According to government sources, Zapatero and his wife claim the pictures have "compromised the right to privacy of the two minors".

The premier and his wife expressed their "deep unhappiness" with the publication of the pictures.

Zapatero thanked all the newspapers and magazines which had respected the privacy of his family during their holiday in Minorca.

But sources added that Zapatero was determined to "exercise the right to privacy of minors".

The row comes after pictures of the eight women cabinet ministers in Zapatero's government in Vogue and Marie Claire caused a storm.

Feminists claimed the pictures of his ministers wearing designer suits and draped across two sofas at the presidential palace were degrading for women.
Animal rights activists attacked the women for wearing fur and the left-wing press accused the government of hypocrisy.

Meanwhile the right-wing opposition Popular Party claimed the pictures deflected attention from real politics.

For Zapatero, leader of the governing PSOE party, who has championed women's rights and who is to launch a crackdown on domestic violence in a tough new draft bill, it was a nasty shock.

Zapatero, who has tried to steer his party to a more women-friendly course,  describes himself as a feminist.

He sought to prove this when he announced his cabinet - an equal split between the sexes, with eight women, including his deputy, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega.

The government stressed that the articles were intended to highlight the progressive line Spain had taken since the socialists came to power - and the words that accompanied the pictures included interviews with the eight women.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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