Katrina victims muzzled

A new FAIR Action Alert reports that FEMA security guards are blocking journalists from talking to Katrina victims in FEMA trailer parks. FAIR cites the original story from the Baton Rouge Advocate. The report says that FEMA guards told reporters that Katrina victims are “not allowed” to talk to the media, that they “do not have that privilege.” Guards at the FEMA camp in Morgan City, LA, ordered reporters “not to talk to anyone and not to take any pictures.” Incarcerated criminals lose some of their first amendment freedoms, but hurricane victims in temporary shelter? The Constitution seems to matter less and less in Bush’s post-Sept. 11th United States.

2 comments on “Katrina victims muzzled

  1. I’m glad you tagged this as information literacy. The Information Literacy movement in librarianship needs to take up this kind of issue more forcefully. This is a great example for instruction librarians to use in working with college students.

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