Ohio riot inmate backs lawsuit seeking interviews

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An inmate convicted for his role in Ohio's deadly 1993 prison riot says he decided to sue for the right to conduct in-person media interviews after exhausting internal appeals.

Siddique Abdullah Hasan (sih-DEEK' ab-DUHL-ah ha-SAHN') says he and other prisoners reached that conclusion after unsuccessful requests and hunger strikes.

Hasan told The Associated Press Thursday in a phone call that face-to-face interviews are preferable to letters or calls and can be more revealing.

Hasan, who is on death row, says inmates with fewer privileges than he and other convicted rioters, including other death row inmates, are allowed in-person interviews.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on behalf of several reporters and inmates.

The prisons agency isn't commenting.