Update: Citing Promises, AP Lifts Military Photo Ban

After yet another incident of the Department of Defense issuing a digitally altered photo to the media, it was announced that the Associated Press would be suspending the use of all photos provided by the Pentagon until further notice. Today, citing a promise from the Pentagon to avoid distributing altered images, they lifted the ban.

This was the second time in the last few months that the DoD has been caught issuing a photograph to the media that was digitally altered. In September, they issued two photos of slain soldiers that were obviously identical beyond the face, name, and rank.

The army insists that it did nothing wrong, as its policy only prohibits issuing edited photos that misrepresent the facts of an event. The AP insists that submitting altered photos for any reason damages the credibility of photos distributed by the military.