We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press

The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source -- or go to jail. Risen says he won't capitulate.

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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    102501 Tue Jul 29 08:41:38 EDT 2014 Jeffrey Chanonhouse Norwood, MA , US
    102500 Tue Jul 29 08:41:35 EDT 2014 Casey Crabtree Linden, IN , US
    102499 Tue Jul 29 08:41:13 EDT 2014 Roxy Ventling Urbandale, IA , US
    102498 Tue Jul 29 08:41:04 EDT 2014 Debra Marge Shamokin, PA , US
    102497 Tue Jul 29 08:40:35 EDT 2014 Clinton J. Sennett Lewistown, MT , US no ne tries to stop FUX NEWS which is all lies and misinformation
    102496 Tue Jul 29 08:39:30 EDT 2014 evelyn millstein royal oak, MI , US
    102495 Tue Jul 29 08:39:29 EDT 2014 Eduardo Diconca Toronto, ON , CA
    102494 Tue Jul 29 08:38:54 EDT 2014 Mark Ellis ON , CA
    102493 Tue Jul 29 08:38:43 EDT 2014 Robert Renfro Denver, CO , US
    102492 Tue Jul 29 08:38:41 EDT 2014 Michael Allen Red Wing, MN , US
    102491 Tue Jul 29 08:38:41 EDT 2014 Seth Lane Cedar Rapids, IA , US
    102490 Tue Jul 29 08:38:37 EDT 2014 Anonymous bethlehem, PA , US There has not been a free press for some time. I do not bother, but am grateful to those who still try to do the job with integrity.
    102489 Tue Jul 29 08:37:40 EDT 2014 Jarod Winkel Edmonds, WA , US
    102488 Tue Jul 29 08:37:30 EDT 2014 Steven Taylor SR 170 East Liverpool, OH , US
    102487 Tue Jul 29 08:36:52 EDT 2014 Joseph Andrus AB , CA I had wanted to believe in the Obama administration... sometimes it just seems that there's nothing to believe in anymore, when those who ask for your trust so blatantly abuse it. Shame.
    102486 Tue Jul 29 08:35:31 EDT 2014 Ben Humphreys Surrey, BC , CA
    102485 Tue Jul 29 08:35:07 EDT 2014 Anonymous Jukskei Park,Johannesburg, ZA
    102484 Tue Jul 29 08:34:36 EDT 2014 Cheryl Holley Austin, TX ,
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    102482 Tue Jul 29 08:32:56 EDT 2014 Melinda fulop Cleveland, OH , US
    102481 Tue Jul 29 08:31:14 EDT 2014 justin brienza kitchener, ON , CA
    102480 Tue Jul 29 08:30:34 EDT 2014 Toby Young New York, NY , US
    102479 Tue Jul 29 08:29:26 EDT 2014 Carly Mihalakis Berkeley, CA , US
    102478 Tue Jul 29 08:29:18 EDT 2014 Fritzi cohen nahcotta, WA , US
    102477 Tue Jul 29 08:28:29 EDT 2014 Visam Bajt
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