Journalism groups and other news organizations joined The Associated Press yesterday in asking Gov. George E. Pataki to order the state police to remove copyrighted news photographs from its Web pages.
The state police posted 14 photographs from Woodstock '99 on its Web site -- 8 by photographers for the A.P., 4 carried by Syracuse Online and 2 from newspapers -- and asked viewers to help identify possible suspects in the rioting and looting that marred the end of the concert in Rome, N.Y.
The pictures were posted July 30 without the permission of the news organizations. Both the A.P. and Syracuse Online have demanded that the pictures be removed from the Web site, contending that the state police infringed on their copyrights and damaged the traditional separation of news gathering from police activity.
State police officials have removed unauthorized news photographs from a Woodstock '99 Web site, but they said they did so because the pictures had served their purpose, not because news organizations had protested their use.
The 14 photographs, most from The Associated Press and Syracuse Online, were posted July 30 without permission and were removed Friday after a week of protests by news media groups to the police and to Gov. George E. Pataki.
Officials with the state police had hoped that the photographs would encourage the public to identify possible suspects in the rioting and looting that marred the end of the Woodstock '99 concert last month in Rome, N.Y. None of the pictures had led to an arrest, Lieut. Jamie Mills, a spokeswoman for the state police, said yesterday.
'The reason we took the pictures off was because they didn't provide any more leads,' she said. 'We revitalized our Web site with new photographs.'
The Western press is full of stories these days on China’s arrival as a superpower, some even heralding, or warning, that the future may belong to her. Western political and business delegations stream into Beijing, confident of China’s economy, which continues to grow rapidly. Investment pours in. Crowning China’s new status, Beijing will host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
But China’s success is, at least in part, a mirage. True, 200 million of her subjects, fortunate to be working for an expanding global market, increasingly enjoy a middle-class standard of living. The remaining 1 billion, however, remain among the poorest and most exploited people in the world, lacking even minimal rights and public services. Popular discontent simmers, especially in the countryside, where it often flares into violent confrontation with Communist Party authorities. China’s economic “miracle” is rotting from within.
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