Wednesday, September 07, 2005

FEMA asks media not to photograph the dead

U.S. agency blocks photos of New Orleans dead
NEW ORLEANS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. government agency leading the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina said on Tuesday it does not want the news media to take photographs of the dead as they are recovered from the flooded New Orleans area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, heavily criticized for its slow response to the devastation caused by the hurricane, rejected requests from journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims.

An agency spokeswoman said space was needed on the rescue boats and that "the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect."

"We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media," the spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to a Reuters inquiry.

The Bush administration also has prevented the news media from photographing flag-draped caskets of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, which has sparked criticism that the government is trying to block images that put the war in a bad light.

2 Comments:

Blogger Stacey said...

I don't think they should publish photos of the dead... How would you feel if you find out via a photo that someone you love is dead?

In other news, I added a link to you on my blog. I came across your blog via feedmap.net, and thought i should support a fellow charleston area blogger. We may not agree politically, but you've got some good stuff on here. Keep up the good work.

Stacey http://4haks.blogspot.com

12:17 PM  
Blogger oncee said...

You have a good point, but I don't like the idea of the government telling the press what to do.

Thanks for the link. :)

12:23 PM  

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