US TV network broadcasts pictures of dying Princess Diana
April 22, 2004
NEW YORK — The US television network CBS broadcast Wednesday grainy,
never-before seen photographs of a dying Princess Diana in the
minutes following the 1997 car crash in Paris that killed her and
her lover Dodi Al Fayed.
The photocopied, indistinct, black and white images were taken
from a copy of the confidential French investigation into the
accident, which the network said it had managed to obtain.
One fuzzy image showed the princess's seemingly blood-stained
head, as she was being treated in the wreckage of the car by a
French doctor, Frederick Maillez, who had arrived on the scene
minutes after the crash occurred in a Parisian underpass.
In a statement, CBS defended its broadcast in a special edition
of it's evening "48 Hours" news magazine program, saying none of
the photocopied pictures were "remotely graphic."
The remainder of the program was largely a rehash of the various
conspiracy theories surrounding Diana's death.
It uncovered no new evidence to contradict the conclusion of the
French report that the crash was caused by excessive speed and the
high levels of alcohol and prescription drugs found in the blood of
the driver Henri Paul.
In Britain, Dodi Al Fayed's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, who has
long claimed that the crash was engineered by the British security
services, condemned the US network for showing the photographs.
"CBS obviously doesn't care about the appalling effect of
showing images of murder victims. They simply want to cash in on
the tragedy," he was quoted as saying by the BBC.
The crash came one year after Diana's divorce from Prince
Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir to the
British throne. –Sapa-AFP