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AP Statement Regarding Noorderlicht Photofestival


Early this year, The Associated Press agreed to a request to display some of its images from Gaza at the Noorderlicht Photofestival, with the firm understanding that the photos would speak for themselves and would not be used to support a political point of view.

The AP is an independent global news organization whose photojournalism stands on its own merits. In early August, in an e-mail exchange with Photofestival representatives, the AP agreed to a brief text describing the origins of the photos and Stuart Franklinís role in bringing them to the exhibition.

When Mr. Franklin later sought to include his own additional text, the AP explained that his political commentary was unacceptable under the clear agreement that had led to APís involvement in the exhibition Ė namely, that the photos would not be presented in support of a political position.

Mr. Franklin voluntarily said he would withdraw his commentary.

Paul Colford
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press


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