The Gannett-owned Marine Corps Times has lost its prominent newsstand spot at Marine base exchange stores worldwide, possibly due to its coverage of a scandal involving a Marine commandant, the newspaper reports.
The independent paper, which relies heavily on sales at bases, is normally located with the rest of the popular magazines near the checkout lines, but will now be moved elsewhere in the stores.
For the past year, the paper has been conducting an ongoing investigation into allegations that Marine commandant Gen. Jim Amos abused his authority when ordering punishment for Marines who urinated on Taliban corpses in 2012. The investigation began after a fellow general said Amos ordered him to "crush" the defendants in the case, an action that could qualify as "illegal interference."
Spokesmen for Amos would not say is his staff played a role in the paper's relocation on newsstands, but the Times reports that "a source with knowledge of the new directive said it was approved with the commandant’s knowledge."
The move also follows a new guidance issued in October, which specifically prohibits Marine commands from using operations and maintenance funds for purchasing subscriptions to the Marine Corps Times.