Jones' Bill Would Allow Media At Ceremonies

A North Carolina congressman says the news media should be allowed to cover military ceremonies honoring troops who died while on active duty as well as the arrival of remains at military bases.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said Friday that legislation he co-sponsored this week would highlight the sacrifices made by members of the military.

The Defense Department doesn't allow such coverage, but Jones said the ban on coverage hasn't always been in place. The ban was declared in 1991 during the Gulf War.

He said the media was allowed to cover the arrival of military personnel killed in El Salvador in 1985. The media also routinely were present when flag-draped coffins were brought back to the United States during the Vietnam War.


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 3, 2008 at 05:25 PM
    I am in his district. Unfortunately we don't have enough EDUCATED Republicans here or he would be out. I will not vote for him. I will most likely leave that 'chad' hanging.....and before anyone starts banging at me about the fact that we have computerized voting machines...I know.
  • by mad Location: goldsboro,nc on Aug 1, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    I may get some negative comments but i can take whatever comes my way.Congressman Jones will do what it takes to help you.He helped me.So can we get to the next story please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by What Location: Plymouth on Aug 1, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    Mr. Jones is sounding and acting more like a Democrat, guess it's in the genes. Sure wish I was in his district.
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