Army Subpoenas Reporters to Testify at Court Martial

january 3, 2007  12:43 pm
Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter Gregg Kakesako and freelancer Sarah Olson have been summoned to appear at a pre-trial hearing this month at Fort Lewis, Wash. The case involves 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, who has publicly criticized the war in Iraq and has refused his deployment order. "Trying to force a reporter to testify at a court-martial sends the wrong signal to the media and the military," writes Military Reporters and Editors President James W. Crawley, on the organization's Web site. "One of the hallmarks of American journalism is a clear separation of the press and the government. Using journalists to help the military prosecute its case seems like a serious breach of that wall."