- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer said he was angry and “completely weirded out” after Syracuse University “uninvited” him to a journalism workshop because he had covered the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/1tzhRzo ) that Michel du Cille of the Post had been invited to the Newhouse School of Public Communications’ annual fall workshop, which started Thursday and lasts through Sunday.

The invitation was pulled Thursday after the Newhouse School’s dean consulted with university and Onondaga County health officials, who supported the decision to cancel du Cille’s visit to the campus.

University officials said they acted after a student raised concerns about du Cille’s recent return from West Africa.

Du Cille said he returned 21 days ago and is symptom free after spending two weeks covering the Ebola crisis.

He and his wife, Post photojournalist Nikki Kahn, were preparing to travel Thursday to central New York when they got a call from the university asking them not to come.

Du Cille said the decision by a journalism institution left him “embarrassed and completely weirded out.”

“The most disappointing thing is that the students at Syracuse have missed that moment to learn about the Ebola crisis, using someone who has been on the ground and seen it up close,” he said. “But they chose to pander to hysteria.”

Syracuse officials said he will be invited back at a later date.


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