posted on Jul, 7 2010 @ 04:50 AM
The American coastguard set a new rule which states that journalists who come closer than 20 meters (65 feet) to polluted Gulf areas risk a fine of
$40.000 and 1 to 5 years prison.
Rachel Polisch, 'media liaison' for the American coastguard, also happens to be vice-president of 'Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide'. Biggest
customer of this pr-office: BP, of course.
So journalists who try doing their job risk to get sued for a 'class D felony'. More and more journalists are complaining they get obstructed by
To me it's unthinkable a national coastguard can restrict journalists in a way like this. I already knew objective reporting never carried much
importance in the US anyway, but openly restricting the possibility to do so is criminal in itself. Arrogant to say the least. Can't such a
restriction be overruled by conflict of interest?