Media Blackout: Black curtains go up in Lahaina blocking view of ground zero investigation, clean up
By News Editors // Aug 28, 2023

Footage out of fire-ravaged Lahaina, Hawaii, shows crews have erected an extensive line of black curtains blocking citizens from seeing what’s going on as hundreds of people are still reported missing.

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Video courtesy of citizen journalist Geoff Cygnus on TikTok depicts miles of fencing and curtains have been put up alongside Front Street, one of Lahaina’s main highways, obstructing the view of ongoing activities.

“There seems to be a huge emphasis on ensuring that the media and anyone else can’t see what’s going on,” Cygnus reported in a recent video.

“There are miles and miles of this black fence going up that was not here before that is obscuring ground zero and making sure no one can see what’s going on inside of there from the road, no one can get in there, no one can take any pictures.”

Moreover, Cygnus said he was told to leave by National Guard members as he attempted to film the new black curtains from the side of the road, underscoring how authorities are keen on keeping the operation under wraps.

“Why would they do this if they have nothing to hide?” asked one X user.

News of the cordoned-off zones comes as questions linger over the hundreds of missing Lahaina residents, with numerous journalists reporting they’ve been told not to film, or fly drones in the area, and FEMA advising workers not to take photos or video.

The mayor of Maui, in the meantime, has instilled zero confidence in residents, instead threatening to shut down press briefings in response to questions over how many children are among the missing.

Meanwhile, disturbing reports have emerged that police set up blockades and trapped people from being able to escape to safety as the wildfires raged on August 8, further adding to the mystery of whether people died due to a natural disaster, or administrative murder.

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