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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Feb 25, 2013

The FBI will release records about civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers' work as an informant for the FBI, settling The Commercial Appeal’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Under the deal, the paper will have access to portions of 70 investigative files in which Withers participated as an informant. In addition, the FBI will pay $186,000 in attorney fees and legal costs. Withers, a freelancer for America's black press, was known as "the civil rights photographer" for his iconic images of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others working for racial equality. NPR has the Associated Press story.