Embedded Photojournalist Accuses US Military of Censorship After Being Barred for Publishing Photo of Dead Marine

An American photojournalist who was embedded with the Marines in Fallujah has been barred from the Marine Corps because of graphic photographs showing Marines killed in a suicide bombing last month. A few hours after he posted some photos of the bombing on his blog, a high-ranking public affairs official ordered him to remove it. When he refused, he was told his "embed" had been terminated and he would be flown out of Iraq. Full Story »

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Elizabeth White-Nadler
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by Elizabeth White-Nadler - Oct. 1, 2008

This interview explores the difficulty experienced by professional journalists who document the War in Iraq. Since conditions in the combat zone make it impossible for them to operate without being "embedded" with US troops, they can work only under the protection of, and therefore with the cooperation of, the military. While the rules of their "arrangement" are clear, the enforcement of the procedures is understandably left in the hands of the military there on the ground, leaving open the possibility that the military can control what gets media coverage. Very informative piece from a member of the select group involved.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

The interview is a good example of journalism to protect the freedom of journalism from government censorship. When the government censors the publication of any photos or news that depicts the horrors of war, we become a nation of war blinded to the costs of war. After hearing this interview, no embedded journalist should be easily trusted.

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Oct. 1, 2008

The term described by the high-handed action in this story is ‘censorship’, plain and simple. Consider an important point: the journalist got into hot water because he published those picture on his blog, not on corporate media. In this era of managed news, corporate management would prohibited their media from touching it. Again, censorship, plain and simple. No administration in history has honed it more perfectly than Cheney, Bush and company. Goebbels has come to America.

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