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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Media ban won't go through

Did I mention this before?

The government was trying to ban media from reporting on the dead in New Orleans, but CNN filed a lawsuit, and the ban's not going to happen.

U.S. won't ban media from New Orleans searches:

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans.

Joint Task Force Katrina "has no plans to bar, impede or prevent news media from their news gathering and reporting activities in connection with the deceased Hurricane Katrina victim recovery efforts," said Col. Christian E. deGraff, representing the task force.

It's not that I enjoy dead bodies, but this is the type of thing that the public should have the ability to see.

I did a huge paper on Hiroshima once (in high school, to be utterly honest), and I read the book Hiroshima in America: A Half Century of Denial, by Robert Jay Lifton, Greg Mitchell. This book made much of how we triecd to censor photos of the dead in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

At the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, I was looking at the Time anniversary edition, and I was surprised that I couldn't find any pictures of bodies. There were pictures of the destroyed city, just not the people. It's like we still don't want to admit that people were killed so brutally.

I worry that if we tried to ban the photos from New Orleans, it'd be like trying to hide the fact that it happened. And if indeed there were terrible, terrible mistakes within our government that directly led to the disaster being at the proportion it was, I think these photos need to be released. You can't hide from bad things that happen.

(Another link)


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