The Sydney Daily Telegraph thinks British newspapers’ refusal to run an image of the Duchess of Cambridge’s bare backside reflects “an antiquated code of etiquette,” according to an Agence France-Presse story Wednesday in The Guardian. The Daily Telegraph’s much more modern code of etiquette meant it was OK to run the image of the Duchess having a windy dress moment under the headline “My bare lady: Derri-heir to the throne is fair game.”
“It seems a bit ridiculous to expect the rest of the world’s media to follow suit, particularly in a world in which flesh and commercialism go hand in hand,” said Telegraph social writer Annette Sharp.
“If the duchess can’t be bothered protecting herself by having hem weights sewn into her garments, why should the media protect her?”
Wait, hem weights? Yeah, they’re really a thing. In 2012, Rebecca English reported in The Daily Mail that they’re “£1.50 for a packet of four,” and used by the Queen to avoid such moments.
On Tuesday, three journalists covering protests in Kazakhstan were arrested along with activists, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Wednesday.
(Orken) Zhoyamergen was found guilty of minor hooliganism late on May 27.
In a statement, RFE/RL’s Editor In Chief Nenad Pejic condemned Zhoyamergen’s arrest as a violation of media freedom. “He should be released immediately together with the other journalists,” Pejic said.
This front is from Dagens Nyheter, in Stockholm, Sweden (courtesy the Newseum). So, if you can’t beat ‘em, send ‘em to your website?