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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    129064 Sun Aug 31 22:44:03 EDT 2014 Joel Cohen Washington, DC , US I, like virtually everyone who is signing this petition, voted for you. We expect that you will indeed support a free press and stop legal action against James Risen.
    129063 Sun Aug 31 21:30:46 EDT 2014 Janine Garverick Naples, FL , US We want our Constitutional Rights back!
    Why is the Patrio Act still current? We don't
    Need to have our own Constitutional Rights
    Taken away to catch Terrorist ! The problem
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    129057 Sun Aug 31 17:15:48 EDT 2014 James Mulligan Claremont, CA , US Why should I worry about tea party republicans, when the democrats are trying to destroy the 1st amendment, rewrite our constitution with free trade treaties and destabilizing the world for greed?
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