The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg reported yesterday on an odd case of a California prison refusing to deliver a copy of the magazine he works for to an inmate at Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California. Goldberg writes that the magazine received a letter from the prison saying that it refused to deliver the December issue of the magazine to an inmate because of a section in the California Code of Regulations that bars “warefare [sic] or weaponary [sic]” in the items mailed to inmates. (Read the full letter to The Atlantic here.)
The December issue featured photograph of a Pakistani militant on the cover. Here’s a snapshot:
Goldberg sent a letter back to the prison, defending the use of the photograph and the journalistic value of the article. The “photograph has great journalistic merit,” he wrote. “It vividly illustrates the challenges American leaders face in Pakistan and the surrounding region. The photograph and story do not glorify violence in any way. Quite the opposite: We published the article, and the accompanying images, in order to highlight the dangers of violence of South Asia.” When the Atlantic receives a response from the prison, they plan to publish it online.