Electronic media coverage of criminal proceedings in federal courts has been prohibited since 1946. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 53 provides:
Electronic media coverage of civil proceedings in federal courts is governed by the following policy.
A judge may authorize broadcasting, televising, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom and in adjacent areas during investitive, naturalization, or other ceremonial proceedings. A judge may authorize such activities in the courtroom or adjacent areas during other proceedings, or recesses between such other proceedings, only:
When broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing in the courtroom or adjacent areas is permitted, a judge should ensure that it is done in a manner that will: