Unfortunately, the military denied our request for press passes last week, along with 270 out of the 350 media organizations that applied. In response, yesterday twenty major news organizations—including Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, Bloomberg, and Fox News—sent a letter to the military court urging them to issue two permanent press passes to the stenographers so they can act as pool reporters for the organizations who were denied access.
The court has yet to respond to the request, but thanks to Nathan Fuller and the Bradley Manning Support Network, we were able to get one of our stenographers into the media center to create a transcript of the first day of the court martial. Fuller graciously sacrificed his own press pass so that the public would have an accurate and timely transcript from the first day of the court martial. We owe a great debt to Nathan and the Support Network, and applaud their commitment to transparency.
The first transcript will be posted here at 9 am eastern tomorrow.
Just hours ago, we received more good news. Forbes and The Verge, two of the three organizations that originally applied for an extra pass for our stenographers, have generously offered us their press passes for the rest of the week. This means we can get two stenographers into the media room tomorrow, and we get transcripts out to the press and public even quicker.
This is a great and inspiring example of journalists putting the story and public interest before personal interest. I commend Nathan Fuller, Forbes and The Verge for their actions. Everyone in news media can learn from this.