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Press Release: Media Advocacy Group Files FOIA Request For Records About New York Times & WikiLeaks

January 10, 2012   ·   0 Comments

Source: NYTX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chris Spannos ; [email protected] ; 508-566-6380

New York, January 10 — NYT eXaminer (NYTX) today asked the Obama administration to make public records pertaining to communication between the State Department and the New York Times regarding WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange.

NYTX filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records ranging the two year period from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011 and pertaining to any communication between the State Department and the New York Times regarding the Collateral Murder video, Afghan and Iraq War Logs, Cablegate, and related WikiLeaks material.

The request stated that this “information is of current interest to the public because any action by the State Department impacting upon the New York Times behavior towards WikiLeaks is an important issue of Freedom of the Press and First Amendment Rights that bear upon the U.S. Constitution.”

The New York Times has publicly reported on their extensive meetings with the State Department to discuss its publishing of WikiLeaks documents.

“The public has an urgent need for this information because it bears upon impending legal decisions in the U.S., for example the trial of Bradley Manning and possible U.S. prosecution of Julian Assange.”

The British High Court has recently found that Sweden’s European Arrest Warrant against Julian Assange raises a point of law of general public interest. The High Court has granted Julian Assange the opportunity to apply for a Supreme Court Appeal on this basis in early February.

The NYTX FOIA request is addressed to the State Department.

For more information contact:

NYTX Editor: Chris Spannos
Phone: 508-566-6380
Email: [email protected]

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NYT eXaminer is a media project which advocates on behalf of new editorial standards in mainstream news media including the appropriate application of international law, human rights, social justice, and others. Website: www.nytexaminer.com

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