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Four experienced journalists have been banned from reporting on the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay because they published the…

Four experienced journalists have been banned from reporting on the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness that was already in the public record, ABC News reported.

Reporters Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star, Paul Koring of The Globe and Mail, and Steven Edwards of Canwest News Service are accused of violating the presiding judge’s directive that a witness be referred to as "Interrogator No. 1" in coverage of the pre-trial proceedings of Canadian detainee Omar Khadr.

Though the interrogator’s name had already been released to the public on multiple occasions, including during a court-martial in 2005 and in an interview conducted by Shephard, the Pentagon sent letters to the four journalists’ employers saying they could no longer cover the proceedings.

All four news organizations have stated that they will appeal the decision.