NEW YORK — Eight publications filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Pentagon rules governing news media access in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. District Court lawsuit seeks an order blocking the government from enforcing the rules unless it can show a "bona fide security justification."
The rules establish pool coverage, restrict descriptions of combat and require military review of combat dispatches.
The publications, which are often critical of government policy, are The Nation, In These Times, the Guardian, Progressive Magazine, Mother Jones Magazine, L.A. Weekly, the Village Voice and Harper's.
Also suing are Pacific News Service, novelists William Styron and E. L. Doctorow and writers Sydney H. Schanberg, a columnist for Newsday, and Michael Klare, the defense correspondent for The Nation. The novelists say they plan to write about the gulf crisis for The Nation.