C-SPAN Seeks Coverage of Moussaoui Trial


C-SPAN has joined Courtroom Television Network in asking a federal judge to
permit TV cameras in court for all proceedings related to the trial of accused
terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

C-SPAN's petition to open the case to courtroom television coverage, filed
Thursday, will be heard next Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Virginia. Court TV filed a similar motion last week.

'We've been a strong and consistent advocate for television journalists to
have the same rights as print journalists in covering public trials,' C-SPAN
corporate vice president and general counsel Bruce Collins said in a prepared

'Today's filing in the Moussaoui trial is simply another attempt to achieve
that goal,' he added.

Moussaoui is the first person to be indicted in connection with the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks. On Dec. 11, he was formally charged with six counts of
conspiracy, four of which carry a possible death penalty. His trial is slated
for October.