Gossip magazine banned from royal holiday
11 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — Gossip magazine Privé has brought his majesty's displeasure upon itself for refusing to respect the privacy of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family during their holiday.
11 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — Gossip magazine Privé has brought his majesty's displeasure upon itself for refusing to respect the privacy of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family during their holiday.
The government information service RVD announced on Monday that Privé, which means private in Dutch, will not be invited to the photo session for the media during the holiday.
The RVD warned in a letter sent to Privé that the magazine will be sued if it buys or uses images from another publication or photographer.
The harsh measure stems from Privé's refusal, the RVD claims, to give a commitment to respect the couple's personal privacy, even during the short period of their holiday.
The magazine's unwillingness to enter into this undertaking was "very disappointing", RVD boss Gerard van der Wulp said.
Privé and the RVD have been in disagreement for a long time about coverage of the Crown-Prince and his Argentine-born wife.
Privé re-ignited the argument in May by publishing photographs taken during the couple's trip to a family zoo with their little daughter, Princess Amalia.
The RVD wrote a letter to the magazine in June to seek assurances the family's private moments would not be splashed across its pages again.
The information service also published a media code with regulations it wants all media organisations to stick to when documenting the royals.
Van der Wulp said on Monday that Privé has made it clear it does not feel bound by the code.
The RVD insists the royals are covered by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This states "everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence".
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news + Dutch royals