News organizations from across the country have signed an Amicus Brief in support of Mark Boal’s refusal to hand over to military prosecutors his taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter filed suit last week against President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Army prosecutor Maj. Justin Oshana in response to the government’s threat to subpoena 25 hours of taped interviews Boal conducted with Bergdahl, who’s accused of abandoning his post in Afghanistan. Sgt. Bergdahl, who now faces a military court martial, was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years until his release in 2014.
Boal, who won the screenwriting Oscar for The Hurt Locker, maintains that the subpoena violates his right “to gather and publish newsworthy material under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the common law and state constitutional and statutory provisions.”
Numerous news organization agree. Those signing the Brief in support of his position include the Washington Post, the Associated Press, National Public Radio and all five major network news outlets. Read the Brief in full here.
“This is a dream team of media from across the political spectrum,” Boal said. “When was the last time Fox and NPR agreed on an issue? I’m honored to have their support.”
The full list of signators include: ABC Inc., CBS Broadcasting, CNN, the Fox News Network, NBC/Universal Media, the Associated Press, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The McClatchy Company, the National Press Club, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, AOL, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Association of American Publishers, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the E.W. Scripps Company, the First Amendment Coalition, First Look Media Works Inc., Freedom of the Press Foundation, the International Documentary Assn., Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, Jigsaw Productions, the Media Consortium, the Association of Magazine Media, the National Press Photographers Association, New England First Amendment Coalition, the News Guild, the Newspaper Association of America, Radio Television Digital News Association, Reporters Without Boarders, Serial Podcast, Student Press Law Center, Tully Center for Free Speech, and the American Society of News Editors.