Right: Denmark’s Freedom of Expression
Left: America’s Freedom of Expression
The strongest signal on the controversy over freedom of expression came from the United States though, when US officials slammed the airing by an Australian TV channel of new images of abuse suffered by Iraqi prisoners at the hands of their US jailers. The SBS channel aired on Wednesday previously unseen images of prisoner abuse at the notorious US-run Abu Ghraib in 2003.
Believe the move could further stock up anti-American feelings, the Bush administration said the images should not have been presented to the public. A US state department legal adviser told the BBC the administration felt it was “better for the photos not to be released.”
The same view was echoed by Pentagon and White House officials, saying the channel should have thought about the consequences before airing the images. [article]