Posted: June 1, 2010
File under "sad but not surprising". Photojournalists are being denied access by BP to huge chunks of the coastline affected by the oil spill. Even flyovers are being controlled by BP. Imagery of the devastating effects of the oil spill will surely bring more public outrage, and BP is hoping to control this.
Last week, a CBS TV crew was threatened with arrest when attempting to film an oil-covered beach. On Monday, Mother Jones published this firsthand account of one reporter’s repeated attempts to gain access to clean-up operations on oil-soaked beaches, and the telling response of local law enforcement. The latest instance of denied press access comes from Belle Chasse, La.-based Southern Seaplane Inc., which was scheduled to take a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer for a flyover on Tuesday afternoon, and says it was denied permission once BP officials learned that a member of the press would be on board.