18-year US media ban on covering return of fallen soldiers lifted
Thursday, April 9, 2009
According to the, the 30-year-old airman was killed on April 4 near , Afghanistan, after being hit with an .
The ban had been enacted by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 during the , apparently as a way to shield grieving families. But critics claimed the ban was an attempt to hide the human cost of war. President Barack Obama had asked the United States Department of Defense for a review of the ban. Defense Secretary said he was "never comfortable" with the blanket restriction, according to USA Today.
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