Hallmark of Democracy: Press Scrambles to Get Access to Manning Trial

Abby Zimet

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.
Belo Corporation
Bloomberg News
Boing Boing
Courthouse News
Forbes Inc.
Fox News Network LLC
The Guardian
The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Times
The McClatchy Company
The New Yorker
New York Magazine
The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company
NPR, Inc.
The Online News Association
Radio Television Digital News Association
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reporters Without Borders
The Verge

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