The media and legal organizations of the Coalition for Court Transparency are making available to all Sunshine Week participants the CCT’s 30-second TV ad, “Everywhere,” that calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to allow live video of oral arguments.
The CCT ad was scheduled to run some 300 times on cable news outlets in the Washington, D.C., market through March 10. The video can be embedded or linked to on the website of any Sunshine Week participant at any time. Stations who would like broadcast-quality video should send an email to Gabe Roth.
The ad and a petition for cameras to be allowed in the Supreme Court can also be found on the OpenSCOTUS.com website.
Members of the CCT include: Alliance for Justice, American Society of News Editors, Constitutional Accountability Center, Liberty Coalition, National Association of Broadcasters, National Press Foundation, National Press Photographers Association, OpenTheGovernment.org, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Radio Television Digital News Association and Society for Professional Journalists.
The ads are being supported by the New Venture Fund, a non-profit foundation that underwrites public-interest projects. Its mission is to foster change through strategic philanthropy.
“Everywhere” script (view at www.openscotus.com):
“The Supreme Court’s decisions impact the lives of Americans everywhere.
“But only a privileged few get to witness history and see justice in action.
“Leading Republicans and Democrats and a large majority of Americans support a simple fix – putting cameras in the Supreme Court.
“State and federal courts allow cameras in the interest of transparency. Shouldn’t our nation’s top court do the same?
“It’s time for a more open judiciary. It’s time for cameras in the Supreme Court.
“Find out more and take action at OpenSCOTUS.com.”
For more information, contact:
(o) 202-464-6919, (m) 312-545-8556