20 March 2006

So Much for "Sunshine Week"

AP Erases Video of Israeli Soldier Shooting Palestinian Boy


"The trend toward secrecy is the greatest threat to democracy."

- Associated Press CEO, in a speech about the importance of openness

"The official response is we decline to respond."

- Associated Press Director of Media Relations, replying to questions about AP

In the midst of journalism's "Sunshine Week"--during which the Associated Press and other news organizations are valiantly proclaiming the public's "right to know"--AP insists on conducting its own activities in the dark, and refuses to answer even the simplest questions about its system of international news reporting.

Most of all, it refuses to explain why it erased footage of an Israeli soldier intentionally shooting a Palestinian boy.





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