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Report Alleges Civil Rights Photographer Was FBI Informant


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new CNN report questions whether or not famed civil rights photographer Ernest Withers was also working for the FBI as a paid informant.

Regarded as one of the more well-known photographers of the civil rights era, the allegation of Withers' FBI involvement was first made in the Memphis newspaper, the Commercial Appeal.

Hosted by reporter Soledad O'Brien, the exposé takes a deeper look at the possibility of Withers' FBI involvement.

The piece, called Pictures Don't Lie, was screened in Nashville Tuesday and does not specifically prove or disprove Withers' connection.

Withers' son, Billy Withers, was on hand at the screening and asked viewers to keep an open mind when watching the piece.

"I just want to say to these who saw this piece – and you know this is the second time I've seen it and it still sort of shakes me – but to remember the time and era that these men were in and under," said Billy Withers.

Pictures Don't Lie airs Sunday night at 7 p.m. on CNN.

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