Friday, May 14, 2010

UPDATE: Banned Gitmo Journos Appeal Expulsion

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The Toronto Star, The Miami Herald and CanWest Newspapers have appealed to the Pentagon the exclusion of their respective reporters. Michelle Shepard, Carol Rosenberg and Steven Edwards, from covering the Guantanamo Bay detention hearings because they reported the name of a witness whose identity the presiding judge had ordered sealed, even though the witness's name had previously been disclosed during coverage of his court martial and in an on-the-record interview the witness gave to one of the blacklisted reporters. (See "TUOL" post 5/7/10.)

In a letter to the Pentagon, the news outlets said the restriction against the named reporters serves no military purpose and should be rescinded.

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