Tags: Jazeera | AT&T | secrecy | court

Judge Lifts Veil Covering Al Jazeera-AT&T Case

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 02:41 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Al Jazeera must unseal its lawsuit against AT&T within five business days after a Delaware judge sided on Monday with news organizations that objected to secrecy in the case.

The dispute stems from AT&T's refusal to carry the U.S. news network that was launched by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera in August.

The two sides have sought to keep under seal all information regarding their contract, which Al Jazeera said was breached and wrongfully terminated by AT&T. The two argued that making such information public would hurt their negotiations with other channels and cable companies.

The heavily redacted court filings prompted objections from news organizations including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

Sam Glasscock, the judge overseeing the case, said he found that neither Al Jazeera nor AT&T established that "good cause" existed to keep the pertinent aspects of lawsuit under seal.

"Those who decide to litigate in a public forum (rather than pursue in a private dispute resolution procedure) must do so in a manner consistent with the right of the public to follow and monitor the proceedings and result of the dispute," Glasscock wrote in a 19-page opinion.

The judge also ordered unsealed a transcript from a Sept. 24 hearing.

But the details of the lawsuit may still remain out of the public eye. Glasscock said the parties could appeal and ask the Supreme Court of Delaware to keep case under wraps.

Al Jazeera reaches more than 250 million viewers globally, but has had a tough time gaining a foothold in the United States where it has been perceived by some as anti-American.

In January, Al Jazeera bought Current TV, founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, for its distribution agreements with carriers such as AT&T, which says it reaches 5 million viewers.

AT&T has said Al Jazeera's lawsuit mischaracterized the dispute.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Teenager Survives Flight over Pacific in Jet Wheel Well

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:40 AM

A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 3 . . .

Boston Bombing Nightmare Leads Survivor to Dream Startup

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 06:15 AM

Hours after the blast that ruptured an eardrum and left a 9-inch gash in one leg -- but spared her life -- Amanda North  . . .

Public Funding for U.S. Colleges Rebounds After Years of Decline

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 06:12 AM

Public funding for U.S. colleges increased for only the second time in five years last year, following declines that for . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved