Pentagon to Revoke Coffin-Filming Ban
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the Pentagon will, with some restrictions, allow the media to capture images of flag-draped military coffins entering the U.S. at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, thus reversing a ban on coverage imposed in 1991.
The Washington Post:
The controversial ban on photography and other media coverage of the solemn return of flag-draped coffins—upheld by both Republican and Democratic administrations—has generated lawsuits as well as conflicting emotions on the part of military familiies.
Gates said he is asking a group of advisers to come up with a plan on how to implement the new policy.
President George H.W. Bush’s administration imposed the ban on media coverage of the arrival of fallen troops’ remains at Dover Air Force Base during the Gulf War in February 1991.
AP photo / Department of Defense
In this Pentagon photo released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, U.S. military personnel salute the flag-draped coffin of Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Bourgeois in 2002 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.