Magazine article The Quill

Military Isn't Required to Include Media

Magazine article The Quill

Military Isn't Required to Include Media

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A federal appeals court ruled Feb. 2 that the Pentagon does not have a constitutional obligation to provide the media access to U.S. troops during combat.

In a case involving Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit made the ruling, which is believed to be the first ever by a federal appeals court on the issue, The Associated Press reported. A number of lower courts had previously ruled similarly, saying reporters didn't have a constitutional right to combat access.

Flynt sued the Defense Department after officials had declined his request to have reporters accompany the first battalions of U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan in 2001. Pentagon officials said the small number of troops and the "highly dangerous and unique nature" of their operations weren't feasible when considering embedding reporters. …

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