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April 22, 2004

Contractor loses job over photo of coffin

Here's what happens when the truth gets told:


"A military contractor has fired Tami Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker whose photograph of flag-draped coffins of fallen U.S. soldiers was published in Sunday's edition of The Seattle Times. ... Since 1991, the Pentagon has banned the media from taking pictures of caskets being returned to the United States."

Posted by kgs at April 22, 2004 10:25 AM

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I've heard the argument made (and to protect the innocent, I won't say where) that censoring photographs is not as bad as censoring words. That certain photographs (or other images) are disturbing on-sight, and you can't choose not to go any further with it, as you can with text once it starts to bother you. Yes, a picture can be "disturbing," and once you've seen it, it is forever implanted in your mind. That's the point. And that's the reason these images are being censored--they show, in graphic form (which people seem to understand better) the tragedy of the military action in Iraq. And god forbid anyone actually get a real sense of what's going on, because then George wouldn't get re-elected.

Posted by: Sarah Houghton at April 22, 2004 12:49 PM

So, it's OK in the US to show pictures of Pricess Diana's last moments of life but it's not OK to show coffins?


Posted by: Jane at April 22, 2004 10:17 PM