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Notre Dame Law Review
ARTICLE: OPTING OUT OF THE INTERNET IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: COPYRIGHT, SAFE HARBORS, AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW
84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 331
In January 2007, CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan sent out an e-mail asking for help. She objected to the fact that a story developing two blocks from her office in Baghdad was being "ignored" by the CBS Evening News, which normally aired her reports. 1 Less than two miles away from the seat of Iraq's government, in Baghdad's "Green Zone," footage showed what appeared to be several Iraqi army soldiers fallen in combat, and the bodies of several Iraqi civilians showing clear signs of torture. Buildings smoldered and crumbled nearby. 2 The CBS Evening News didn't run the story, even though it found time in January for stories on the Super Bowl, soccer, lottery winners, horse racing, and reality television shows. 3 The footage appeared on YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, however, and has been viewed more than 25,000 times. 4
Many Internet users sought out another Logan scoop on YouTube, where Logan's report about children starving nearly to death in an Iraqi orphanage, and her interview with CNN about attempts by the U.S. government to suppress the story, were viewed more than 10,000 times. 5 About a year after that story aired, Logan told The Daily Show that the American public was grossly uninformed on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the soldiers fighting them felt forgotten. She noted that the media never shows footage of dead soldiers to the American public, so that "nobody really understands" the wars except those ...
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