Thursday, June 10, 2010

Media Muzzled From Reporting on Oil Spill By Officials

Efforts to Limit the Flow of Spill News
By Jeremy W. Peters
New York Times
June 9, 2010

When the operators of Southern Seaplane in Belle Chasse, La., called the local Coast Guard-Federal Aviation Administration command center for permission to fly over restricted airspace in Gulf of Mexico, they made what they thought was a simple and routine request.

A pilot wanted to take a photographer from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans to snap photographs of the oil slicks blackening the water. The response from a BP contractor who answered the phone late last month at the command center was swift and absolute: Permission denied.
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