The AP announced today that while it acted as “forthrightly and independently as possible” in Nazi Germany during the Second World War, the news agency “should have done some things differently during this period.” This announcement comes about a year after claims that the AP collaborated with the Nazi regime surfaced.

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The Associated Press released on Wednesday the findings of the in-depth review regarding its operations in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. According to the findings, the news agency acted as “forthrightly and independently as possible.” However, the review revealed that on certain occasions, the AP’s conduct was inadequate.  

The review was conducted after the British newspaper The Guardian exposed the hidden ties between the Nazi government and the international news agency: some of the information that was passed on to the West, especially to newspapers in America, was either written or approved by the Nazi propaganda office. The cooperation between the AP and the Nazi regime was a great achievement for the latter, which hoped to distribute its ideology via the international media.

The review dismissed the main claims of The Guardian report and stated that while the news agency did operate in Germany until 1941, it never collaborated with the Nazi regime. “We recognize that AP should have done some things differently during this period, for example protesting when AP photos were exploited by the Nazis for propaganda within Germany and refusing to employ German photographers with active political affiliations and loyalties,” the review states. “However, suggestions that AP at any point sought to help the Nazis or their heinous cause are simply wrong.”

The review highlights the times that AP editors argued with Nazis about publishing propaganda in the news agency’s reports. The review also mentions that the news agency reported in the 1930s about the anti-Semitism within the Nazi party.

However, the review cites that German photographers who identified with the Nazi ideology were employed by the news agency. According to the review, these photographers covered the German side of the war with great enthusiasm and were even embedded with the German combat units.