The AP Publishes Photo Against Families Wishes

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Recently, the AP transmitted a photograph of a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life. Defense secretary Gates called the decision "appaling" and a breach of "common decency."[1]

Should the AP have published those photographs against the families wishes?

Arguments For

Yes, the AP was OK to publish the photos.

Freedom of speech and freedom of press allows the information, personal or private, to be published.

Arguments Against

No, the AP should not have published the photos.

Families deserve privacy.
There are certain restrictions to freedom of speech.
It is ethically wrong, regardless of political point of view.


 1  Gates: AP decision 'appaling' Sept 4, 2009 Allen, Mike (Yahoo News)

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#ethics #politics No, I don't think they should have published those photos. At some point we should draw the line for common decency. - thorie (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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Publishing a photo without the persons consent should be illegal for general public media, Tv, newspaper, internet etc. Publishing photos can allow certain people to identify and track down a person who does not wish to contact them. People should have the right to say where and how there photo is published. A 'normal' photo of a person is one thing, but a photo of a mortally wounded person is another matter entirely. - _fraz_ (twitter) vote up image vote down image +1
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