Paparazzi regulation would be 'difficult to enforce'

09/10/13

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Tougher regulations for press photographers in the UK would be difficult to enforce, says one UK-based paparazzo.

It is after stars including Jessie J and Kanye West said they were worried about how some in the press behaved.

Several witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards criticised the behaviour of paparazzi photographers.

Actress Sienna Miller said she'd thought about moving to Paris to avoid being snapped and Sheryl Gascoigne said she'd resorted to crawling around her new house in Gleneagles on her hands and knees to miss being photographed after not having time to buy curtains.

"There are very few things that I do that remain a secret," said singer Jessie J.

"I think it should be made illegal in certain places. There are cameras everywhere. All the time."

'Terry'

But one celebrity photographer, who wanted to be known as Terry, doesn't think tougher rules can be easily policed.

"If there are a couple of photographers then the police could catch them," he said.

"When there's like 50 or 60 the police can't do much.

"It's hard to crack down on that. It's hard for the police when they just take a 10-second snap and then they disappear."

There's very few things that I do that remain a secret
Jessie J

Terry thinks an exclusive picture of a popular actress or musician can fetch upwards of £2,000.

"If it wasn't for photographers they wouldn't be where they are these days," he added.

"We are the ones that help promote their DVDs, music, films and fashion."

Kanye West says he accepts photographers have a role to play in the entertainment industry but the rapper thinks stars should be entitled to some of the money the pictures are sold for.

"It [paparazzi photography] just needs to be legalized. They are selling our image and selling it in a bad way," the rapper said.

Sienna Miller, Tony Blair and JK Rowling
Image caption Sienna Miller, Tony Blair and JK Rowling gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry

The behaviour of the media is back in the spotlight this week.

Lord Leveson, who led the inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal, is meeting senior politicians to talk about how the press can be better regulated.

If it wasn't for photographers they wouldn't be where they are these days
Terry
Celebrity photographer

The year-long Leveson Inquiry resulted in journalists being arrested, with some now facing trial.

The investigation also led to the closure of the News of the World.

More than 350 people gave evidence including former Prime Minister Tony Blair, author JK Rowling and actress Sienna Miller.

At the end of the inquiry the main three political parties came up with a set of rules that media companies would have to follow.

However, the industry refused to accept them and issued a set of guidelines of their own.

On Tuesday, the government said that those proposals had been rejected.

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