With Bradley Manning's trial entering its second day and the government refusing to release transcripts and denying 280 of 350 media requests for access, a coalition of over 20 media organizations, from Fox and Bloomberg to the Guardian and New Yorker, has written to the U.S. military court seeking two more press passes for stenographers - crowd-funded with $58,000 in donations through Freedom of the Press Foundation - to provide transcripts. Word has it the judge has ruled to allow a court stenographer, but press passes are still needed. Borrowed will do for now; they are transferable. For later, the larger issue: Why the struggle to get public and press access to court proceedings deemed "a hallmark of democracy in the United States."
Signers of the letter to date:
Freedom of the Press Foundation
Atlantic Media, Inc.
Fox News Network LLC
The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Times
The McClatchy Company
The New Yorker
New York Magazine
The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company
The Online News Association
Radio Television Digital News Association
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reporters Without Borders