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Italy's Parliament Bans 'Personal Images' Of Itself

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Facing a financial crisis that threatens Europe, Italy's lower house of parliament got down to important business. They passed a rule to save themselves from themselves. Photographers use long lenses to capture lawmakers making rude gestures, passing notes or voting for absent colleagues. That's called playing the piano, since you press several buttons at once. Now lawmakers have banned photographers from taking what they describe as, quote, "personal images." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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