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Ban on Coffin Photos is Lifted

For 18 years, photographers have been prohibited from documenting the return from war of flag-draped coffins containing dead American servicemen and women. The Obama administration lifted the ban yesterday. The military and families of the deceased have been divided about the ban. Some said that by disallowing photographs, the government was preserving the dignity of the dead soldiers. Others, however, felt the blackout of media images of the returning coffins sanitized the war. Obama’s lifting of the ban is certainly a victory for the media, whose job it is to document all aspects of war. Here’s the New York Times’ story today LINK.

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