September 10, 2005

Respecting the dead? Or just plain old censorship?

The feds running the hurricane relief effort in New Orleans have barred the news media from photographing the retrieval of bodies, saying that they want to respect the dead. Press organizations, however, say that the recovery is part of the story of Katrina's aftermath, and that preventing them from taking photos and video of the recovery effort is an unconstitutional prior restraint on newsgathering.

A federal judge in Houston has come down on the side of the media, granting CNN a temporary injunction that bars federal officials from implementing a 'zero access' policy announced on Friday. A hearing is scheduled for Saturday morning [Texas time] to decide whether the temporary injunction should be made permanent.

Posted by Magpie at September 10, 2005 11:31 AM | Censorship | Technorati links |