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On War Images
March 23, 2003

Posted on 03/23/2003 10:51:13 AM PST by Admin Moderator

Edited on 03/24/2003 8:03:37 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

It is obvious that we are going to need some sort of guidelines regarding the posting of pictures of the brutality of war, such as those broadcast by Al Jazeera today.

As always, our first preference is that people use common sense, discretion, and show courtesy to others. We are not going to define any hard rules here, but instead give some guidelines.

  1. If in doubt as to if some picture should be posted on Free Republic, don't post it. Instead, link to the picture.
  2. While it is clear that the brutality of the Iraq regime and the realities of what our brave military face should be seen, the goal is not to make Free Republic such a gut wrenching place that one would want to turn away from it. As such, truly disturbing pictures will be removed.
  3. Spamming of pictures (or links to picture, or the same comment) to every thread around will result in pulled posts, suspensions, and in worst case scenerios bannings.
  4. If you see something that is beyond the level which seems to be accepted, hit abuse and let us know. If we agree, it will come down.
  5. If it is clear that the general level of what is allowed is still too intense for you, please turn off the automatic loading of images within your browser.
  6. THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT: Do not post pictures of casulaties or links to the same or to information identifying the casualties until we have confirmation the families have been notified, even if other internet sites show no respect for the families. This is not how we want to be noted for: Mother of POW recognizes son on TV

Thank you, and God bless and protect our troops.


United States Department of Defense Press Advisory

March 23, 2003

Coverage of POWs and Deceased

Out of respect for the families and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Conventions:

1) We request news organizations not air or publish recognizable images or audio recordings that identify POWs. Additionally, we request you not use their names, first or last, or their unit until next-of-kin notification is complete. We are working hard to reach their families. We will notify you as soon as this is done.

2) We repeat standing policy that news organizations not air or publish recognizable images of deceased members of the U.S. military or use their names, first or last, or their unit, until next-of-kin notification is completed or 72 hours. We are working hard to reach their families. We will notify you as soon as this is done.


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1 posted on 03/23/2003 10:51:13 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
Well done. You guys are keeping this the best forum site on the 'Net.


Tony

2 posted on 03/23/2003 10:54:07 AM PST by TonyInOhio (Now begins the Pax Americana)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you. I am not sure I want to see those pictures. I am glad Fox is not showing them. My heart cries for those in harm's way and I don't know if I could stand to see it. I had a very hard time watching Black Hawk Down and seeing what our military went through then.
3 posted on 03/23/2003 10:54:59 AM PST by beachn4fun (Can someone please cut off this tag? It itches.......)
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To: Admin Moderator
Nice set of 'guidlines'
4 posted on 03/23/2003 10:55:20 AM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: Admin Moderator
Very good guidelines
5 posted on 03/23/2003 10:58:13 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Admin Moderator
Are images of POWs acceptable? They've now been released by Reuters.
6 posted on 03/23/2003 10:59:07 AM PST by AntiGuv (™)
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To: Admin Moderator
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 posted on 03/23/2003 10:59:53 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: Admin Moderator
Congratulations on a great move! Thank you!
8 posted on 03/23/2003 11:02:05 AM PST by Wait4Truth (God Bless our President!)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you. I think the addition of #6 answers my question.
9 posted on 03/23/2003 11:03:16 AM PST by AntiGuv (™)
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To: AntiGuv
See point #6 above. Thanks
10 posted on 03/23/2003 11:03:22 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: AntiGuv
Can't believe I forgot that on the first draft :-)
11 posted on 03/23/2003 11:03:55 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: AntiGuv
Are images of POWs acceptable?

Are you talking about Iraqi POWs (those that we have captured?) Or are you talking about American POWs (the ones that were shown on television earlier today)? Consider this - as of right now, we don't know the names of the American POWs, we don't know if their families have been notified - and for all we know, we're helping to spread Iraqi propaganda by posting them.

12 posted on 03/23/2003 11:05:24 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: Admin Moderator
BTTT.
13 posted on 03/23/2003 11:05:31 AM PST by Brett66
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Bump
14 posted on 03/23/2003 11:06:00 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: Admin Moderator
Good work in posting this. You guys are doing a great job in heavy traffic. Kudos.



15 posted on 03/23/2003 11:06:03 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Admin Moderator
THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT:Do not post pictures of casulaties until we have confirmation the families have been notified, even if other internet sites show no respect for the families.

Thank you. Now if only some would listen.

16 posted on 03/23/2003 11:08:02 AM PST by rintense (The tyrant will soon be gone... or extremely dead.)
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To: Admin Moderator
I got an hour suspension, and as a paying contributor to this site, I find that disappointing.

I think we need to be careful about censorship here.
18 posted on 03/23/2003 11:11:21 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Tennessee_Bob
I was talking about the American POWs, and I agree that it's wiser to postpone the dissemination of those images. Anyhow, I watched the video & it was depressing. I don't think I'll watch any more of those..
19 posted on 03/23/2003 11:11:52 AM PST by AntiGuv (™)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you for your compassion.
20 posted on 03/23/2003 11:13:11 AM PST by Cate ((LET FREEDOM RING!!!!))
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To: Monty22
Censorship is difficult to define when there are differenes in opinion regarding the motives for imagery and rhetoric.

CENTCOM briefing is actually discussing the propaganda value of the Al Jazeera video.

It is interesting that the war and information technology is at a nexus where individual citizens can control the priorities of coverage.

FR appears to be the most principled web discussion server on the net.

Argument over definition of content is valid to have.

But, it would appear that you are in the distinct minority opinion on this matter.

While dissemination of information is important, the strategic impact of the info must be considered.

The origination of the photos being disseminated by Reuters is Iraqi TV and AJ. Reuters was the same organization that made a decision to no longer use the term "terrorist". It isn't coincidence.
21 posted on 03/23/2003 11:19:58 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks for your leadership in this matter.

You guys are principled and philosophic, yet energetic and action-oriented. It is a rare combination.
22 posted on 03/23/2003 11:21:13 AM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: Admin Moderator
Excellent balance between courtesy and open communication. Thank you.
23 posted on 03/23/2003 11:22:03 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (No more will we pretend that our desire/For liberty is number-cold and has no fire.)
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To: TonyInOhio; Admin Moderator
Bump!
24 posted on 03/23/2003 11:24:18 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: Admin Moderator
Bttt
25 posted on 03/23/2003 11:25:29 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Admin Moderator
thank you
26 posted on 03/23/2003 11:25:33 AM PST by apackof2
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To: Monty22
*SIGH*

Another use of the word censorship. This is Jim's website to do with as he pleases. Paying supporter or not, Jim reserves the right to do what he wants.

27 posted on 03/23/2003 11:37:26 AM PST by rintense (The tyrant will soon be gone... or extremely dead.)
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To: rintense
I know, but it's still lame.

Oh well.
28 posted on 03/23/2003 11:40:47 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Monty22
Well, not sure what you said...
29 posted on 03/23/2003 11:41:30 AM PST by rintense (The tyrant will soon be gone... or extremely dead.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Well stated. This is what keeps this site in the forefront of decency and truth, and DU floating around in the cesspool. You folks are to be commended for your vigilence.
30 posted on 03/23/2003 11:42:57 AM PST by Duramaximus ( American Born, Gun_Toting , Aerospace Worker)
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To: rintense
I didn't say anything, just posted links to sites with video/pics of the POW's.
31 posted on 03/23/2003 11:48:10 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you. I don't need to see these images and would prefer not having the chance of scrolling down to them on an unrelated link. Prayers go out to all affected by these war crimes.
32 posted on 03/23/2003 11:52:46 AM PST by callthemlikeyouseethem
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To: Admin Moderator

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33 posted on 03/23/2003 11:54:32 AM PST by Beck_isright (UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER ONLY NO MORE NEGOTIATIONS)
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To: Monty22
The problem was that at the time, the families had not yet been notified. We were dealing with 80 jillion (at a minimum) abuse reports at once, and it was clear you were posting that info to many threads. We wanted to get you to stop it, but feared that if you weren't checking your freepmail or self-search, that you wouldn't see a message asking you to stop for quite a bit. A one hour pause seemed like the best way to handle it, as it gave us some time to go clean things up and to handle all the other things. Apologies if it angered you too much. Regards, AM
34 posted on 03/23/2003 11:56:48 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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Understood, no problem
35 posted on 03/23/2003 12:07:22 PM PST by Monty22
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Thank you very much. I was getting ready to jump ship for a while. A lot of us here have family in the military and it is uncomfortable to have some images used in explotation.
36 posted on 03/23/2003 12:10:25 PM PST by armymarinemom
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you! Point #6 says it all.
37 posted on 03/23/2003 12:10:27 PM PST by AZamericonnie
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To: Admin Moderator
You guys are doing an awesome job so far.
38 posted on 03/23/2003 12:17:58 PM PST by ewing
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you.
39 posted on 03/23/2003 12:19:33 PM PST by Magnolia
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To: Admin Moderator
Sorry.

Should not have posted directly

40 posted on 03/23/2003 12:49:18 PM PST by jwalburg (Just so you know, we're ashamed the Senate minority leader of the United States is from South Dakota)
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To: Admin Moderator; *war_list; W.O.T.; 11th_VA; Libertarianize the GOP; Free the USA; knak; MadIvan; ..
Thanks!

OFFICIAL BUMP(TOPIC)LIST

41 posted on 03/23/2003 1:03:51 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam?)
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To: Admin Moderator
You guys, and gals I presume, are doing a great job!
42 posted on 03/23/2003 1:06:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam?)
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To: Monty22
I'm deeply saddened that you're disappointed. Most of the rest of us agree these are good guidelines that show the proper respect for those in harm's way and their loved ones who do not deserve the indignity of having pictures of their dead bodies plastered from here to eternity.
43 posted on 03/23/2003 1:10:59 PM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: Admin Moderator; All
Thanks, AM.....there's some things that just don't NEED to be seen.

Everyone else, please, if you have children, monitor what they're now seeing and hearing. So far, it's been sort of OK for them....this latest atrocity is far too graphic. I'm NOT against letting them know about the war cuz like everything else, it's better they learn at home.

But.....not this.
44 posted on 03/23/2003 1:11:17 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma ( PRAY for our President and the troops)
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Appreciate it!
45 posted on 03/23/2003 1:40:43 PM PST by Cold Heat
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Thank you. It's especially hard for those of us with family in the Gulf right now, what with the events of the past 24 hours. Media obsessiveness on the bad news and their blatant conjecture of events makes it worse.

The idea of scrolling through a thread looking for information and seeing a photo of someone we know and love in a position similar to that shown on the Terrorist News Network (al Jazeera) is just unbearable.

46 posted on 03/23/2003 1:46:53 PM PST by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = VERY expensive, very SCRATCHY toilet paper.)
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To: Admin Moderator
Thank you.
47 posted on 03/23/2003 1:51:06 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: Admin Moderator
While it is clear that the brutality of the Iraq regime and the realities of what our brave military face should be seen, the goal is not to make Free Republic such a gut wrenching place that one would want to turn away from it. As such, truly disturbing pictures will be removed.

Yes we need to hide the reality of what the Iraqis are about. ABSNBCCBSFOXCNN etc did the same thing with the graphic pictures of 9/11 like when people had to jump to avoid burning to death.We really don't need to be reminded of what this war is all about.

No abortion pictures too. That may make people uncomfortable with it also.

Lucianne probably wouldn't do it either.

48 posted on 03/23/2003 2:00:30 PM PST by Nov3
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To: Admin Moderator
As I said in a previous thread. I'm glad you took down the inappropriate posts and banned the morons who posted the enemy propaganda. I'm glad you guys are doing the great job you are. Like I said earlier, it isn't censorship, it is protecting the victims families and upholding the lives of the brave soldiers lost.
49 posted on 03/23/2003 2:43:00 PM PST by Dengar01 (Time's Up Saddam... Let's Roll!)
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To: Diogenesis
I doubt you would do this anyway, but you should see this.
50 posted on 03/23/2003 3:13:05 PM PST by FreedomPoster
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