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What’s Next … “Free Reporting Zones”?

Posted By admin On July 13, 2010 @ 4:10 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog
July 13, 2010

The government has made it a felony [1] to get within 65 feet of clean-up operations. Reporters and photographers – including CNN’s Anderson Cooper [2] – say that this will make it impossible to take pictures of oiled wildlife, or to accurately convey the effects of the oil spill.

Coast Guard Thad Allen says that local officials have complained that journalists are getting in the way. But no one can name a single official who has complained.

Apologists for the new law say that photographers can simply use a telephoto lense to get the shots.

But as the following photographs by Julie Dermansky show, you can only get emotionally powerful pictures if you can get right up close to the oil:

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(Dead fish on Grand Isle)

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(Hermit crabs covered in oil on the shore of Grand Terre Island in Barataria Bay)

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(Baby tern stuck in an oil patch on Grand Isle beach, with nearby fish abandoned by the bird’s mother)

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(Oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, blocking sunlight needed by phytoplankton and plants)

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( Oil flowing into the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, in Alabama; the white stuff is sand, the thick reddish-brown stuff is oil)

And see this must-see photo [4] from the Atlantic’s [5] story on Dermansky, this photo [6], and the rest of Dermansky’s portfolio here [7].

Indeed, preventing reporters and photographers from getting close to the oil spill is a little like forcing protesters into “free speech zones” miles from where the political event is actually occurring [8].

Is the government going to start having “free reporting zones” where journalists can write about whatever they want and photographers can take any pictures they want … inside a trailer miles away from the Gulf coast?


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[1] made it a felony: http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doc/2931/726955/

[2] Anderson Cooper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpJBsjKhRTo&feature=player_embedded

[3] Image: http://purewaterfreedom.com/

[4] must-see photo: http://assets.theatlantic.com/static/easel/images/galleries/112003_13.jpg

[5] the Atlantic’s: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/07/images-bp-doesnt-want-you-to-see/59369/

[6] this photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliedermansky/4712511633/in/set-72157624021668042/

[7] here: http://web.mac.com/jsdart/Site/Home_.html

[8] miles from where the political event is actually occurring: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_speech_zone

[9] Air Force Called In For Gulf Oil Spill: Obama: http://www.prisonplanet.com/air-force-called-in-for-gulf-oil-spill-obama.html

[10] DHS ‘Constitution Free’ Zones Inside US Ignored By Media: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dhs-constitution-free-zones-inside-us-ignored-by-media.html

[11] Forget Free Speech Zones: “Take Him to That Pen Over There”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/forget-free-speech-zones-%e2%80%9ctake-him-to-that-pen-over-there%e2%80%9d.html

[12] “Free Speech Zones” Killing Free Speech Across Orwellian America: http://www.prisonplanet.com/free-speech-zones-killing-free-speech-across-orwellian-america.html

[13] Rahm Trying to Circumvent New IL Concealed Carry Law with Bogus Gun Free Zones: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rahm-trying-to-circumvent-new-il-concealed-carry-law-with-bogus-gun-free-zones.html

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