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June 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 20 organizations representing a wide spectrum of the news media, including the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, NPR, Forbes magazine, Britain’s Guardian newspaper, and the New Yorker, have sent a letter to the U.S. military court where WikiLeaks whistleblower Pvt. Bradley Manning is being tried, requesting that stenographers be allowed to sit in on the trial and provide an accurate transcript. “If [the stenographers] are denied, over 280 of our colleagues who applied for credentials will not be able to report on the trial, and the public, which is closely watching this case, will be less able to understand the process and decisions made by this court,” the letter read. Calling themselves the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the news media coalition released a follow-up statement today (Tuesday) saying that the court had approved allowing a stenographer in the media room but that it has not responded to a request to allow a stenographer insider the courtroom. The group also said that it has now been joined by Bloomberg News, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and Reporters Without Borders.