Gitmo Blocks Hunger Strike Updates

The public will no longer be privy to information about the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay after a wave of media attention prompted detention camp officials to implement a media blackout. Military officials stopped releasing figures on the number of prisoners partaking in the hunger strike, which grew to around 100 in June, and will refuse journalist requests. “It’s (the strikers') desire to draw attention to themselves, and so we’re not going to help them do that,” Cmdr. John Filostrat said, the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo's director of public affairs. Last week, a British prisoner claimed the hunger strike had been reinstated and 29 were participating.