Embedded reporters

Anderson v. Hagel

September 24, 2014

Freelance journalist Wayne Anderson had his "embed" status terminated by the military, and he was removed from Afghanistan. Anderson claimed the termination was in retaliation for his coverage of a conflict between Afghan and American soldiers. His case was dismissed by a federal judge over jurisdictional and service issues. In this brief on appeal, the Reporters Committee argued that Anderson sufficiently pleaded a First Amendment retaliation claim, as a pro se litigant, and the District Court should not have dismissed the claim so early.

10th Circuit reverses dismissal of 'Dateline' defamation case

Bradleigh Chance | Libel | News | July 14, 2014
July 14, 2014

Last week the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that while NBCUniversal reporters did not violate anyone’s Fourth Amendment rights creating the 2008 Dateline segment titled “Tricks of the Trade,” a lower court will have to review the originally dismissed defamation claims made by an insurance broker featured in the piece.

Tyrone M. Clark and his company, Brokers’ Choice of America, initially sued NBC over video clips recorded with a hidden camera by Dateline crew members during an insurance brokers’ seminar in Colorado located on BCA property.

The reporters worked with Alabama law enforcement to gain access to the event since it was only open to licensed insurance agents, which Clark and BCA claimed to be a Fourth Amendment violation of the company’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Journalist dismissed from embed status loses suit against military officials

Jamie Schuman | Prior Restraints | News | December 10, 2013
December 10, 2013

The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., dismissed a freelance journalist's challenge last week to a U.S. Army decision to terminate the reporter's embed status with military in Afghanistan.

The Army had found that the journalist, Wayne Anderson, had published a video in 2010 showing the faces of wounded American soldiers on The Washington Times website in violation of rules governing embedded reporters. Anderson sued five military officials, claiming, among other things, that they violated his free speech and due process rights by ending his position in Afghanistan without a meaningful hearing.

Changes to embed policy in Afghanistan are reversed

Amanda Becker | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | October 20, 2009
October 20, 2009

The military has reversed recent changes to its policy for embedded reporters that prohibited them from photographing troops who have been killed in action, Congressional Quarterly reported on Tuesday.

Confusion remains over embed policy in Afghanistan

Kirk Davis | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | October 19, 2009
October 19, 2009

Confusion remains after military commanders in eastern Afghanistan issued two recent changes to a policy on whether embedded journalists can photograph mortally wounded soldiers, the Associated Press reported.

Military officials used profiles to place reporters

Newsgathering | Quicklink | August 31, 2009
August 31, 2009

Stars and Stripes continues to report on the controversy over the military's profiling of embedded reporters. The latest article show that officials did use the profiles to determine whether and where journalists would be placed. Officials had repeatedly denied last week that the profiles were used to rate reporters or deny them assignments, the newspaper reported.


Pentagon rating embedded journalists

Newsgathering | Quicklink | August 27, 2009
August 27, 2009

Stars and Stripes reports that the Pentagon has been extensively tracking the reporting of embedded journalists and grading them as positive, negative or neutral. The newspaper reports that the profiles were compiled by an outside contractor.

The Pentagon had earlier told the paper that no such rating system exists, but the newspaper obtained copies of the reports, which were prepared by The Rendon Group, a Washington public relations firm.

Stars and Stripes reporter banned from embed

Caitlin Dickson | Newsgathering | Feature | June 24, 2009
June 24, 2009

A reporter for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes has been banned from returning to his embedded post with an Army unit in Mosul, Iraq, on the grounds that he "refused to highlight" good news about the war, according to media reports.

Military clamps down on bloody images of war

Kathleen Cullinan | Newsgathering | Quicklink | July 28, 2008
July 28, 2008

The New York Times this weekend took up the story of Zoriah Miller, a freelance photographer and blogger who was kicked out of the U.S. military unit with which he'd been embedded after he published photos of dead marines.