A Web site has published a photograph said to show Princess Diana and rescuers trying to save her life, but Paris police claim it is a fake.
An image of the site was also distributed by newspaper France-Soir, TV station Canale 5 and Italian news agency ANSA, despite widespread condemnation of photographers trying to sell similar pictures. Paris police said the photo is a fake and sources said the pictured rescuers? clothing was not standard French equipment.
The image appeared on a site run by Rotten, an anti-censorship group specialising in disturbing images. Rotten said it received the picture by email from an unnamed source.
By mid-afternoon on Friday administrators has removed the photo from the overloaded site after it had registered 54,266 hits in three hours. Another copy of the photo appeared within US hosting service Geocities, which promptly removed it from the subscriber?s site.
The moral issues attached to the photo are set to reignite the debate between those who claim the Internet is the most potent method of free speech and others that claim it cannot be trusted, as hoaxes occur too easily and too often.
A representative of the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern that an Internet service provider would remove content from an individual?s Web site but most observers said the issue was a question of taste.
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