Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, September 9, 2005

FEMA Resists Media Attempts to Photograph Dead

FEMA, now fighting a growing reputation as a bungling agency in the aftermath of Katrina, is trying to prevent print and tv journalists from showing military and other recovery specialists removing body bags from the homes and streets of New Orleans, arguing that such images are disturbing. Some dissatisfied media representatives have complied, but others are objecting loudly, saying that the public has a right to such information, and that the images would not be overly disturbing or graphic. Reacting to the angry criticism, one FEMA official backpedaled, saying that the request that the dead not be shown was just that. Read more in articles from the Seattle Times, Editor & Publisher, and Reuters.

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