Fotografieren bei Strafe verboten!

Im Namen der Terrorbekämpfung darf der (amerikanische) Staat alles. Auch, wie hier im Blog gefunden, das Fotografieren im ölverseuchten Gebiet um den mexikanischen Golf... Denn wenn es keine Fotos gibt, dann gibt es die ganze Tragik dieses Unfalls nicht, odr???

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© Georgianne Nienaber

Photographers and journalists reporting from the Gulf on the Deepwater Horizon spill are now subject to $40,000 fines and Class D felony* convictions if they are found to be in violation of a new Coast Guard directive.

The directive established a 20-meter [65-foot] safety zone around all oil containment boom in the gulf. According to The Deepwater Horizon Unified Command press release, “[v]essels must not come within 20 meters of booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law.”

In a blog post (LESENSWERT: over the weekend, journalist Georgianne Nienaber argued that this new regulation effectively prevents photographers from getting near affected areas. “If the Coast Guard has its way, all media, not just independent writers and photographers… will be fined $40,000 and receive Class D felony convictions for providing the truth about oiled birds and dolphins, in addition to broken, filthy, unmanned boom material that is trapping oil in the marshlands and estuaries,” she wrote.

* : felon = Schwerverbrecher!

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