Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Media Seek Looser Guantánamo Rules

New York Times
July 20, 2010

After nearly a decade of uneasy coexistence at Guantánamo Bay, the Pentagon and the media are now locked in a dispute that will test how strictly the government can limit what reporters there are allowed to reveal.

A coalition of news organizations has demanded that the Pentagon’s public affairs office rescind parts of its guidelines for reporting on Guantánamo. The 13-page “Media Policy and Ground Rules” packet, which every reporter who travels to Guantánamo must sign, dictates how photos can be taken, who can be interviewed and even what reporters can write in their notebooks.