US justifies erasing attack footage
March 10 - The US military has said that a soldier was justified in erasing journalists' footage of the aftermath of a suicide bombing and shooting in which at least eight Afghans were killed.
In a letter to the Associated Press news agency a military spokesman said publication could have compromised an investigation and led to false public conclusions.
"Investigative integrity is one circumstance when civil and military authorities will reluctantly exercise the right to control what a journalist is permitted to document," Colonel Victor Petrenko, chief of staff to the US commander in eastern Afghanistan, said on Friday.
Thirty-four people were also wounded in the violence.
Petrenko said that photographs or video taken by "untrained people" might "capture visual details that are not as they originally were". lagi..