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Saturday, July 03, 2004

We contol the vertical. We control the horizontal...

Via America Blog I learned that the Trial of Saddam is being censored. Not that suprises me much, although I'm saddend that news networks aren't objecting at all. My guess is that they didn't want to lose out being there for the hanging.

Sounds of Silence
U.S. news networks agreed to let the American military censor out certain images of Saddam Hussein's court hearing Thursday in Baghdad, one in a bizarre series of events surrounding coverage of the session.

American and Iraqi officials did not want any footage shown of Iraqi guards or court personnel, and they asked broadcast and cable news nets to honor this request.

But the situation took an unexpected turn even before the hearing began, when U.S. officials ordered CNN and Al-Jazeera, the pool camera crews, to disconnect their audio equipment. Officials said it was the wish of the Iraqi judge.

Following the hearing, the CNN footage was taken to the convention center, where a CBS News employee transmitted the footage after it was viewed and okayed by two military censors.(more)