Reporter Barred From Covering Execution Over Skirt That Was Too Short


The jail guards in Alabama double as the dress code enforcers.

According to a reporter in the southern state, jail officials told her she couldn’t cover an execution on Thursday night because her skirt was too short.

Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara, a video news producer for, said Friday that the Department of Corrections prevented her from attending Joe Nathan James’ execution with other media because they felt her dress was improper and too exposing.

She ultimately had to borrow a male photographer’s rain trousers, which she kept up with suspenders below her skirt. Her media business has already filed an official complaint, she said.

The item, according to Shatara, was a black A-line skirt by the company Philosophy. Over the knee, the skirt protruded by roughly 1.5 inches.

She maintained that because her legs are lengthy, the outfit could have looked to reveal too much skin.

The journalist borrowed a photographer’s rain trousers to finish the story, put them on below her skirt, and was warned that her open-toed shoes were also unsuitable.

She eventually managed to attend the execution by grabbing a pair of tennis shoes from her car, although she afterwards claimed that she was treated harshly.

She informed The Post on Friday night that the Alabama Department of Corrections will receive an official complaint from the company she works for, Alabama Media Group.

Requests for comment from the Alabama Department of Corrections were not promptly responded to.

However, in order to prevent offending female-starved male convicts and to preserve a pleasant atmosphere for both inmates and visitors, prisons authorities in several states have adopted visitor dress standards that ban exposing apparel.

James, 49, who had received a death sentence for the 1994 murder of his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend Faith Hall, was put to death by lethal injection.


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