Dutch prince wins photo case against AP

30th August 2009, Comments 1 comment

Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander has won a court case against the international press agency Associated Press (AP).

The Netherlands - Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander has won a court case against the international press agency Associated Press (AP). The prince took AP to court for distributing photos of the royal couple on a skiing holiday in Argentina.
 
The Amsterdam court ruled that AP could not longer sell the four pictures because the family had a right to privacy in its free time. The court ruled that it would only be permissible to publish photos if they contributed to public debate.
 
The Prince and his wife Maxima are pleased with the court’s decision according to the Government Information Service. The service called it a “clear verdict”.
 
The photos were published in a number of regional and national newspapers. The Government Information Service found that they contravened the Dutch media code. The code stipulates that the royal family should only be photographed during official engagements and arranged photo shoots.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • NOX posted:

    on 31st August 2009, 17:26:40 - Reply

    If it is OK to force the press guidelines of the Netherlands on other countries companies then they could do the same to us. So now the Dutch legal system has to be hypercritical and say that it can rule on other countries press but they are not allowed to rule on ours. Alternatively we can have North Korea forcing its press guidelines on the Dutch media companies.

    This sort of ill thought out decision protecting spoilt royals from some harmless photos appear to be a specialty of the current government.