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December 5th, 2013
09:39 AM ET

Media outlets cautious with Newtown 911 recordings

By Brian Stelter and Michael Pearson, CNN

(CNN) - Wednesday's release of audio recordings of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings forced news organizations to make difficult - and sometimes unpopular - decisions about what to broadcast and what to hold back.

News executives said they were considering both the wishes of the community where the school was located - Newtown, Connecticut - and the journalistic impulse to report on one of the biggest news stories of the past year.

The recordings were made available to news organizations Wednesday afternoon.

CNN aired portions of the recordings in a report Thursday evening, including a 911 call from the school's secretary. The report was also posted online.

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Filed under: Crime • Gun Policy • Guns • Reliable Sources • Sandy Hook
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