Pentagon to meet with media lawyers

The Pentagon will meet with lawyers representing news organizations to discuss the restrictions placed on journalists covering Guantanamo Bay.  When journalists travel to Guantanamo they must sign a 13-page document that outlines the rules dictating what they can and cannot report on.  The rules range from whom journalists may interview and what they can photograph to their behavior in the courtroom – prohibiting, among other things, chewing gum and stretching.  The media outlets argue that the strict limitations placed on what they are able to report violates the First Amendment and are asking the Pentagon to ease the restrictions.

Andrea Prasow, senior terrorism and counterterrorism counsel for Human Rights Watch, explained the importance of easing restrictions.  She said,

“I can go down there because I have been cleared by the Defense Department to get on a government plane and attend the hearings. But the rest of the world can’t do that. These trials aren’t public. And so it’s that much more important the government be as open as possible.”

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