Magazine article The Quill

Moore Questions Decision to Remain Silent

Magazine article The Quill

Moore Questions Decision to Remain Silent

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Should documentary filmmakers hold themselves to the same ethical standards as journalists? The question was considered when filmmaker Michael Moore admitted in june that he had videotaped footage of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American military soldiers long before the story broke on CBS' "60 Minutes."

Moore, who believed he may have made the wrong decision by staying quiet about the footage, said he was holding onto it until his movie was released, the Associated Press reported.

"I wanted to come out with it sooner, but I thought I'd be accused of just putting this out for publicity for my movie," Moore told The San Francisco Chronicle, according to AP. "That prevented me from making maybe the right decision."

The footage - which shows scenes of an American soldier fondling an Iraqi prisoner and others laughing as they pose for photos with hooded detainees - was used for Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which was released in june. …

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