Magazine article Screen International

Mark Boal 'Happy' over First Amendment Victory

Magazine article Screen International

Mark Boal 'Happy' over First Amendment Victory

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Boal sued the U.S. Army in July when the institution tried to subpoena him to hand over 25 hours of recorded interviews with Bergdahl, the Army deserter who faces a court martial, for the Serial podcast.

Boal's attorney Jean-Paul Jassy of Jassy Vick Carolan said on Tuesday that Boal v United States was settled on December 6 with an agreement to protect unpublished material and confidential information.

Under the terms of the settlement, the government will drop the subpoena and allow Boal to protect the confidentiality of the tapes.

Boal will withdraw his demand for attorney fees and will verify the interview tapes contain Bergdahl's authentic voice, before a court martial if necessary.

Furthermore, small portions of his interviews with Bergdahl, which were either previously heard in part on the Serial podcast or were summarised by Boal or series host Sarah Koenig, will be released to the public.

"I'm happy that the Army ultimately agreed to uphold the traditions of a free civilian press," Boal said. …

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