Friday, March 07, 2008

9/11 has curtailed press freedoms

Editor and publisher report that one of the casualties of the 9/11 attacks was press freedom itself.

It reports the comments of Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley who said

"What has become clear in the aftermath of 9/11 is how much expediency trumps safeguards," "Congress steps back from its constitutional role of executive oversight. Civilian oversight of the military wanes. A Justice Department interprets laws in ways that extend police powers. More drastically, prisons are established in places where government or military operatives circumvent due process or control trials," "It's at moments like these when a free press matters most,"

On the same but different subject Press Gazette is reporting that

Rescue workers and construction crews were not the only ones affected by exposure to dust and smoke at the collapse of the World Trade Centre - several journalists it now turns out have suffered ill health as a result.
One whose work has suffered is NY Times photographer Keith Meyers who cut short a holiday when the terrorists attacked and rushed to New York to help with the coverage at Ground Zero

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