Military commissions

Military commission denies requests for TV coverage of Guantanamo Bay 9/11 court proceedings

Nicole Lozare | Secret Courts | News | January 3, 2013
January 3, 2013

The military commission at Guantanamo Bay today denied defense requests for television coverage of the upcoming 9/11-related trials, further hampering the media's efforts to cover the high-profile court proceedings.

United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et. al.

August 20, 2012

While recognizing that certain interests may justify a judicial decision to refuse to release certain information prior to and during a trial, the Reporters Committee amicus brief argued that an order that prohibits disclosure of such information indefinitely and presumably well beyond a trial has ended and these interests are no longer an issue is unconstitutionally overbroad.

Anti-terrorism law infringes First Amendment rights, court finds

Raymond Baldino | Prior Restraints | News | May 23, 2012
May 23, 2012

A federal judge in New York recently halted enforcement of a controversial section of an anti-terrorism bill that the court found harms First Amendment rights. Plaintiffs to the case included noted activists, journalists and a member of Icelandic parliament who argued the law had a chilling effect.

Judge delays ruling on press access to Guantanamo trials

Rachel Bunn | Newsgathering | News | April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012

A military judge avoided ruling on whether members of the news media and the public will have access to the testimony about the prison treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 which killed 17 Americans. Instead, at Wednesday's pretrial hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the judge ordered the prison camp to unshackle al-Nashiri when he met with his lawyers, making the accused terrorist's testimony unnecessary.

Letter re: access to records in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning

March 12, 2012

A media coalition comprising 47 national and local news organizations and associations, including The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, wrote the U.S. Department of Defense to express concern about reports that journalists covering the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning have been unable to view documents filed in the proceeding.

Pentagon releases new Guantanamo court regulation

Kirsten Berg | Secret Courts | Feature | November 22, 2011
November 22, 2011

In an effort to address calls for transparency as the trials of accused terrorists again start to move forward at Guantanamo Bay, the Department of Defense has released an updated version of its military commission regulation with new commitments to speed up and open up the way court filings are made available to the public.

Pentagon launches new Guantanamo commission website

Kirsten Berg | Newsgathering | Feature | September 30, 2011
September 30, 2011

In an effort to address calls for transparency in the trials of accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, the Department of Defense launched a new website that aims to provide the public up-to-date information concerning the military proceedings.

Openness urged in military commission policy revisions

Christine Beckett | Secret Courts | Quicklink | April 8, 2010
April 8, 2010

A group of civil liberties advocates, human rights activists and other interested parties are urging the Defense Department to make military commission procedures more open as it revises its rules and policies, The National Law Journal reported.