REPORTER’S NOTES CONFISCATED AT EGYPTAIR MEMORIAL

By: Staff reports

Tensions Rise Between Media, Police and NTSB

The Providence Journal reported Friday that a state police trooper confiscated a reporter’s notebook and removed her from a memorial service for victims of EgyptAir Flight 990.
After the incident, the superintendent of the state police, Col. Edmund S. Culhane Jr., returned the reporter’s notebook to the Journal’s executive editor, Joel P. Rawson.
Rawson responded, ?To have someone come and confiscate our notes is very frightening because we are not a closed society, but there are a lot of people who think they can operate like it is, and that scares me.?

Although the service was private, the Journal reporter, Farnaz Fassihi, said she was invited to attend by the Rev. Marcos Girgis, pastor of the St. Mary and St. Mena Coptic Church of Rhode Island. Reporters from other media and TV camera crews were also in attendance.

The Journal also reported other conflicts between media, police, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the aftermath of the disaster:

? An Associated Press correspondent was asked to leave the same memorial service, but his notes were not confiscated.

? On Tuesday, ?two or three photographers? were taken into custody by North Kingstown police after they allegedly trespassed on private property at the Quonset Point/Davisville Air National Guard base, according to an NTSB spokesperson.

As a result, the NTSB late Thursday afternoon established a public-affairs office at the Quonset Point command center for the crash investigation.
The NTSB announced ?safety zones? including a ?moving, 500-yard radius on the water around U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels carrying wreckage through Narragansett Bay to the Davisville Depot Pier,? a 2,000-yard radius on the water around those vessels carrying to the pier, ?no trespassing where posted,? and ?no breaching of fences.?

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Staff reports





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