A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

February 3rd, 2005 • Quill Archives
Saving lives or selling out?

During the longest prison hostage situation in U.S. history, a virtual media blackout took place last year in Arizona when state officials pressured the media to withhold information about prison-guard hostages and the inmates who held them against their will. In a rare and controversial action, the media complied, choosing to believe the state’s claim that publishing or airing detailed information might lead to the deaths of the two guards.