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Announcement :: DNC
A message to the Media from Street Medics
25 Jul 2004
Media and street medics often have conflicting priorities at political demonstrations. We would like to explain our perspective on the presence of media when we are providing care to ill or injured people.
We do our best to create a safe space for medical treatment on the street. Media presence attracts crowds, and sometimes reporters and photographers interfere with our ability to provide care.

In addition, concern about media and crowds may prevent people from seeking medical attention, especially if they see other injured people being photographed or interviewed while they are receiving medical care. Therefore, even if the person we are treating consents to photographs or an interview, we request that any media coverage be done before or after we have provided care.

We support your commitment to reporting political dissent and police brutality. We must balance this with our commitment to patient confidentiality.

Thank you for your consideration,
Street Medics from the DNC Medical Organizing Committee

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