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Media Requests: Kurdi and Immigration Department

media requests: Read more The death of Alan Kurdi It was like the sea opened its mouth and swallowed them'How Alan Kurdi's tragic death changed thousands of lives Article Continued Below Q&A Tima Kurdi opens up about her tragic struggle to bring her Syrian family to Canada The email trail reveals federal staffers grappling with the painfully slow wheels of bureaucratic red tape as they try to respond to a torrent of media requests, all the while fussing with the minutiae of wording government statements that did little to address the most burning questions, according to Toronto Star. The Canadian Press requested all emails dealing with the subject Syrian refugees that were received and obtained by David Hickey, then-director general of communications for the federal Immigration department, for the three days following the death of Alan Kurdi. react-empty 141 The ensuing documents totalled 532 pages. New documents obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act provide a revealing look at the often-frantic flurry of internal government communications that erupted in the days after a heart-rending photo of the toddler's corpse rocketed around the world. On the morning of Sept. 3, 2015, the photo of Alan lying dead on the beach appeared in newspapers around the world. I need urgent responsive lines, a staffer at the Canadian embassy in Beirut asked of the Immigration staffers immediately went into damage control. Canada, which was in the throes of a federal election campaign, was linked to the boy in initial media reports that mistakenly stated his family's application to come to Canada had been rejected. ( As reported in the news.