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Advisory On Coverage of POWs and Deceased

PRESS ADVISORY from the United States Department of Defense

No. 026-P PRESS ADVISORY March 23, 2003

Out of respect for the families and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Conventions:

1) We request news organizations not air or publish recognizable images or audio recordings that identify POWs. Additionally, we request you not use their names, first or last, or their unit until next-of-kin notification is complete. We are working hard to reach their families. We will notify you as soon as this is done.

2) We repeat standing policy that news organizations not air or publish recognizable images of deceased members of the U.S. military or use their names, first or last, or their unit, until next-of-kin notification is completed or 72 hours. We are working hard to reach their families. We will notify you as soon as this is done.

[Web version: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2003/p03232003_p026-03.html]


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