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."



Background:
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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    130026 Thu Jan 29 22:09:34 EST 2015 Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130025 Wed Jan 28 23:04:39 EST 2015 Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130024 Tue Jan 27 23:56:41 EST 2015 Richard Matthews San Pedro, CA , US
    130023 Tue Jan 27 20:58:37 EST 2015 tanya martens Alameda, CA , US
    130022 Sun Jan 25 15:05:46 EST 2015 Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130021 Sun Jan 25 15:05:45 EST 2015 Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130020 Sun Jan 25 08:21:10 EST 2015 karl guennar miami, FL , US
    130019 Fri Jan 23 13:15:34 EST 2015 Lori Millis Hadley, NY , US I don't understand how this could happen in a country that was founded on freedom.
    130018 Mon Jan 19 19:45:49 EST 2015 Anonymous Ithaca, NY , US Actions like this only make the President his Administration look like the criminals who are seeking retribution for telling people what they have been doing. It's an action against Brave citizens who More....
    130017 Sun Jan 18 13:02:48 EST 2015 Edward Grootendorst OR , US
    130016 Wed Jan 14 02:24:57 EST 2015 Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130015 Tue Jan 13 17:56:31 EST 2015 Anonymous Jersey City, NJ , US
    130014 Tue Jan 13 12:00:20 EST 2015 Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    130013 Mon Jan 12 16:40:18 EST 2015 David Pinkston Bakersfield, CA , US Without our Bill of Rights we are lost as a nation becoming no different than any oppressive government that has gone before us. The Bill of Rights are our individual freedom and liberty and what makes More....
    130012 Mon Jan 12 03:13:13 EST 2015 Ryan Potter CA
    130011 Sat Jan 10 11:22:30 EST 2015 Christina Smallidge CO , The sentencing is absurd. Je Suis Charlie!
    130010 Thu Jan 08 19:03:08 EST 2015 Tom Moore Boulder, CO , US This is one more example of intimidation of 'investigative journalists.' The government is in all out attack mode against anyone who bucks the gvment line.
    130009 Thu Jan 08 18:28:05 EST 2015 Terri David Venice, FL , US
    130008 Thu Jan 08 13:46:09 EST 2015 john shibley Morgantown, WV , US TRANSPARENCY.
    130007 Thu Jan 08 04:02:20 EST 2015 Sigrid Langhaeuser Dillingen an der Donau, ot , DE
    130006 Wed Jan 07 23:44:59 EST 2015 Paul Antilla Carmichael, CA , US
    130005 Wed Jan 07 20:21:34 EST 2015 Melissa Mandel Oakland, CA , US
    130004 Wed Jan 07 17:18:44 EST 2015 Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
    130003 Tue Jan 06 11:08:58 EST 2015 Nicholas Rosenlicht Berkeley, CA , US Why are heroes being prosecuted as enemies?
    130002 Sun Jan 04 16:41:48 EST 2015 Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
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