Osama bin Laden

Court Seems Likely to Defer to Gov't on Bin Laden Photo Ban

Censorship okay if government argues bad things might happen

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An appeals court on Thursday appeared willing to defer to the U.S. government in blocking the release of graphic photos of the corpse of Osama bin Laden.

The government and a conservative-leaning watchdog organization have been battling for months over the postmortem images of the al-Qaeda leader, with the group asserting that the public has a right to view them and U.S. officials arguing that the release of the photos could incite anti-American violence.