Thursday, July 20, 2006

FEMA to Katrina victims: shut up news:
"Residents of trailer parks set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house hurricane victims in Louisiana aren't allowed to talk to the press without an official escort, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported.

In one instance, a security guard ordered an Advocate reporter out of a trailer during an interview in Morgan City. Similar FEMA rules were enforced in Davant, in Plaquemines Parish."
I'd say "beyond belief," but I recall other instances of FEMA's heavy hands when it comes to freedom of speech and of the press. "You want help? Check your rights at the door -- it's our door."

Via Steve Benes ("The Carpetbagger Report").


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