Thursday, May 6th, 2010
Somebody knows why they waited until now to kick these reporters off the case – perhaps their collective experience with the details of the case would prove embarrassing for the military tribunal upon resumption of the ‘trial’?
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The Globe and Mail
May 6, 2010
Reporters from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Canwest News Service kicked out of Khadr hearing
The Globe and Mail is appealing a Pentagon decision to ban reporter Paul Koring from Guantanamo Bay after he was accused of violating the rules of the military tribunals.
“Your reporters published the name of a witness whose identity was protected in court,” the Pentagon wrote to The Globe and Mail and three other media organizations, whose reporters were also banned. “As a result of these violations, these individual reporters are barred from returning to cover future military commissions proceedings.”
The Globe’s editor-in-chief, John Stackhouse, disputed the decision against the paper’s Washington-based international affairs correspondent. “We strongly disagree with the Pentagon’s interpretation of its own rules, and intend to fight the ban as a matter of Canadian public interest in these hearings,” he said. “The name in question was a matter of public record. Banning the information now — when it is already known around the world — serves no apparent purpose other than to raise more questions about the credibility of the Guantanamo courts.”