May 20, 2010 — Journalists threatened with arrest by BP contractors for trying to film BP's mess.
Emerging reports are raising the question of just how much of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill journalists are able to document.
When CBS tried to film a beach with heavy oil on the shore in South Pass, Louisiana, a boat of BP contractors, and two Coast Guard officers, told them to turn around, or be arrested. "This is BP's rules, it's not ours," someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they're looking into it. As the Coast Guard is a branch of the Armed Forces, it brings into question how closely the government and BP are working together to keep details of the disaster in the dark.
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