Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Strict rules for journalists covering Guantanamo Bay

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM

At Guantanamo Bay, journalists encounter some of most strange and specific restrictive media rules anywhere.

Please dont feed the iguanas.
  • Please don't feed the iguanas.

Whether good or bad, or just plain amusing, here are just some of the regulations journalist Sharon Weinberger, a contributor on aolnews.com, says journalists encountered at Guantanamo Bay this past week:

-Representatives of the media must sit at the back of the plane to and from Guantanamo.

-Absolutely no doodling while in the courtroom (note taking, however, is allowed).

-No pictures of of the "expeditionary legal complex" (the new building housing a courtroom used for trials and hearings), and no pictures are allowed inside any of the courtrooms.

-No pictures inside the Guantanamo Bay McDonald's (after several days of discussion, it was determined that pictures of the outside would be acceptable).

-Representatives of the media and non-governmental organizations cannot travel in the same van to and from the hearings.

-No feeding of the iguanas (applies also to non-press).

-No unaccompanied trips to the beach (concertina wire was put up after a few ambitious trial observers purportedly jumped the Jersey barriers).

-At Camp Justice, where journalists stayed, no more than three lines of tents may appear in any one picture.

-Media may jog along an approved path, but only with a reflective belt (presumably applies to non-media as well).

-No pictures of any person on Guantanamo without their express approval.

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