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Release No: 009-04
February 11, 2004

DoD Announces Media Coverage Opportunities for Military Commissions

            It is possible that one or more enemy combatants suspected of having violated the laws of war could face trial by military commission.  To the extent possible, the Department of Defense intends to open the proceedings for media coverage.  If conducted, these proceedings will most likely take place at the U. S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


            Coverage opportunities will be based on available space and offered to both U.S. and international media outlets.  The department is compiling a list of news organizations interested in covering the proceedings.  Bureau chiefs are invited to go to http://milcom.afis.osd.mil   and submit their news organization's interest.  Deadline for submissions is noon (EST) Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004.  The Department of Defense will confirm receipt of all submissions via email.  Selection criteria for media invited to cover the proceedings will include reach, audience, and medium. 


            A rotation will be established for qualifying media.  Once selected, media organizations and individual correspondents will be provided a copy of the ground rules and operating procedures.  The Defense Department Press Office points of contact are:  Maj. Michael Shavers, Ms. Nicole Deaner, or Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind, at commissions@osd.mil

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