Police fired warning shots in the air at the scene of a double bombing Tuesday, enforcing an order banning news photographers and TV camera operators from filming the aftermath of deadly bombings.
The Iraqi government said it decided last weekend to keep photographers and camera crews away from blast sites to prevent them from damaging forensic evidence. Media groups feared the order was aimed at preventing scenes of horrific carnage from being broadcast around the world.
News photographers and cameraman rushed to the scene only to be turned away by Iraqi police, who fired warning shots in the air to disperse the crowds.
Reporters Without Borders expressed concern about the decision, saying it "feared that growing restrictions on the media could end in a total news blackout."
The international advocacy group stressed the importance of the images in providing an accurate assessment of the toll the violence is taking on Iraqi lives as well as the security situation in the capital, where movement is severely limited.
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