Magazine article Screen International

US Media Heavyweights Unite Behind Mark Boal Case

Magazine article Screen International

US Media Heavyweights Unite Behind Mark Boal Case

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The move comes after Boal announced he was suing president Obama and the US government for trying to make him hand over taped interviews with Bowe Bergdahl, the accused Army deserter and POW who is facing a general court-martial.

Boal - writer and producer of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty - and his lawyers claim the threat by U.S Army Prosecutor Major Justin Oshana to subpoena his material would be in breach of the First Amendment, which among others things protects the right to freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.

On Friday The Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press, alongside journalism groups, non-profits and media companies including The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, ABC and Fox News, filed an amicus brief.

A party can file an amicus brief when it offers information that can be germane to a case even though it is not directly involved in the suit.

The Committee and its associates have urged the court to consider Boal's assertion that he should not be made to turn over material, noting that to do so would undermine society's interest in protecting the newsgathering process. …

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