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The military has reversed recent changes to its policy for embedded reporters that prohibited them from photographing troops who have…

The military has reversed recent changes to its policy for embedded reporters that prohibited them from photographing troops who have been killed in action, Congressional Quarterly reported on Tuesday.

Just days before, a Pentagon spokesman had told the Associated Press that it would push for further revisions to the policy issued by military commanders in eastern Afghanistan, which was originally amended in mid September to prohibit embedded journalists from photographing any slain service member and then revised last week after a media backlash to prohibit only photographs with identifying features.

The policy that will be given to embedded reporters in Afghanistan now has the same restrictions as the versions that were issued prior to September, which allowed the publication of mortally wounded military personnel once their next of kin had been notified by the Department of Defense.