We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press

The Justice Department is now considering whether to attempt to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against one of his alleged sources. If Risen refuses, as he has vowed to, he would likely face harsh fines or imprisonment.

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says: "The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war."

Freedom of the Press Foundation: Court Guts Reporter’s Privilege
Truthout: Conversation With James Risen
Politico: Justice Department Urges SCOTUS to Pass Up Reporter’s Privilege Case
Norman Solomon: An Escalating War on Journalism
Letter to Holder from 46 News Organizations Re: Subpoena to James Risen
Committee to Protect Journalists: U.S. Government Should Withdraw Subpoena

Please join Ellsberg and sign below:

To: President Obama and Attorney General Holder

Your effort to compel
New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources is an assault on freedom of the press. Without confidentiality, journalism would be reduced to official stories -- a situation antithetical to the First Amendment.
We urge you in the strongest terms to halt all legal action against Mr. Risen and to safeguard the freedom of journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources.
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    130146 Thu Nov 19 20:40:09 EST 2015 Dr. T. Randall (Randy) Mock, M.D., Ph.D. Dallas, TX , US
    130145 Tue Nov 17 00:22:16 EST 2015 Jack Burg Seattle, WA , US
    130144 Sun Nov 15 22:52:31 EST 2015 Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
    130143 Thu Nov 12 00:24:05 EST 2015 Aurora Hunter Houston, TX , US
    130142 Sun Nov 01 15:35:11 EST 2015 Anonymous Denver, CO , US Freedom of the press is the last lifeboat on the Titanic (U.S.A.).
    130141 Thu Oct 29 11:56:34 EDT 2015 s b Rutland, VT , US
    130140 Thu Oct 29 11:25:15 EDT 2015 s b Rutland, VT , US
    130139 Fri Oct 09 14:29:44 EDT 2015 Dave Petersen Tigard, OR , US This is long overdue legislation. No on a politician should be against it
    130138 Tue Sep 29 15:19:54 EDT 2015 Anonymous Brooklyn, NY , US
    130137 Sun Sep 27 09:16:46 EDT 2015 Wim Van Aelst Aarschot, ot , BE
    130136 Wed Sep 23 07:54:03 EDT 2015 Sanjib Bhadra Bhardwaj Guwahati , ot , IN Sir, we humbly request you to protect the sanctity and liberty of public information providers for public domain. Public content generators are integral part of our evolved civilization and political maturity. More....
    130135 Wed Sep 16 19:41:17 EDT 2015 J. Steven Livacich Redlands, CA , US
    130134 Mon Sep 14 23:48:45 EDT 2015 Steven Kranowski Blacksburg, VA , US
    130133 Sat Aug 29 03:01:33 EDT 2015 Michael Keith Devonport, AU
    130132 Sat Aug 22 14:11:51 EDT 2015 Travis Ducharme Raymond, NH , US
    130131 Mon Aug 17 18:43:22 EDT 2015 Ed Weiss Van Nuys, CA , US
    130130 Wed Aug 12 22:50:22 EDT 2015 Paula Frighetti Tucson, AZ , US
    130129 Fri Jul 31 01:23:28 EDT 2015 Donald Kokkonen Cambridge, WI , US
    130128 Tue Jul 21 15:48:55 EDT 2015 Catherine Hart Mt. Airy, MD , US
    130127 Mon Jul 20 15:53:39 EDT 2015 Cheryn English Santa Barbara, CA , US
    130126 Mon Jul 20 15:27:13 EDT 2015 Nadia Gatti Buenso Aires, ot , AR
    130125 Fri Jul 17 14:45:23 EDT 2015 Anonymous IN , US
    130124 Thu Jul 16 00:06:03 EDT 2015 Donald Kokkonen Cambridge, WI , US
    130123 Wed Jul 15 11:51:25 EDT 2015 Nadia Gatti Buenso Aires, ot , AR
    130122 Mon Jul 13 10:07:22 EDT 2015 Nadia Gatti Buenso Aires, ot , AR
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