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People Outraged at Overwhelming Coverage of Princess Diana

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RALEIGH — The paparazzi are freelance photographers who hunt down shots ofcelebrities and then try to sell them. They are not considered part of thelegitimate media. Many are blaming the accident that killed Princess Dianaand her companions on the paparazzi and tabloid papers for theirrelentless stalking.

Flip through the pages of almost any tabloid, and you would find any kindof story or pictures of Princess Diana.

"I will go out and buy People magazine, Newsweek, Time and read abouther," said Liz Rouse, Raleigh resident. "She was beautiful and interestingto read about."

A lot of other people felt the same way because they purchased magazinesand tabloids with Princess Di stories. The pictures supplied by photographers who would stop at nothing to get a shot of the princess, nomatter where she was.

"When she got married she must have known what its going to be like," saidRouse. "If you marry a prince you are going to be in the public eye untilyou die and then some."

The National Enquirer, which does not have any pictures of the princessin its current issue, said it will not buy any paparazzi pictures.

"I hope the rest of the world press will join us and put a stop to this,"said Steve Coz, National Enquirer editor. "Its time to put our feetdown."

One of Germany's largest newspapers printed a front page paparazzi photoof rescuers trying to rescue Princess Diana from the car. The overwhelmingcoverage of the princess has outraged a lot of people. Their anger is notjust directed at the paparazzi, but for the people who support the tabloidmagazines.

"We as a society have become so blood thirsty for knowledge of people'spersonal lives that are really none of our business," said Leah Perry,Raleigh resident.

Announcements were made Monday about Diana's burial, and Britain isexpected to come to a standstill Saturday morning when the ceremonytakes place. It will be a state event, but not a full state funeral. The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey where kings and queens are christened, crowned, wed and buried. It starts at 6 a.m. Eastern time.

President Clinton announced he will not head up the U.S. delegation to thefuneral. There is no word on who will represent the United States.

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