The Associated Press is to complain to the US military after journalists said US soldiers deleted footage of the aftermath of an attack in Afghanistan.
[Photographer Rahmat Gul said]”Two soldiers with a translator came and said, ‘Why are you taking pictures? You don’t have permission.'”
Mr Gul said troops took his camera, deleted his photos and returned it to him.
His APTN colleague, who did not want to be named, said he was told he could film the scene – but when he did so a US soldier got very angry and deleted any footage that included the Americans.
Khanwali Kamran, a reporter for the Afghan channel Ariana Television, said the American soldiers also deleted his footage, AP reported.
Reporters Without Borders condemned the alleged actions of the US forces, saying they dealt with the media poorly.
“Why did the soldiers do it if they don’t have anything to hide?” said Jean-Francois Julliard, a spokesman for the Paris-based group.
(Source: BBC News)
As an update to yesterday’s post and this one, we can see the post-murder cover-up in progress. The Nangarhar murders will be disappeared by the US. Another example of how only deaths carried out by official enemies like terrorists and “insurgents” make it into the media pool and mass consciousness.
And today, they’ve killed yet more civilians in an airstrike.
The US is using a combination of censorship and a $20 million marketing campaign to spin its international imperialism into something more shiny and palatable.
Are you buying it?