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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    128724 Fri Aug 22 21:02:37 EDT 2014 Loretta Ravelli Salem, OR , US
    128723 Fri Aug 22 20:50:01 EDT 2014 Francie MacLeod Port Orford, OR , US
    128722 Fri Aug 22 20:49:28 EDT 2014 Chantelle Heroux Costa Mesa, CA , US
    128721 Fri Aug 22 20:38:40 EDT 2014 Frank Warner San Pedro, CA , US
    128720 Fri Aug 22 20:35:46 EDT 2014 John Riley Broomfield, CO , US Hands off our 1st and 2nd amendments.
    128719 Fri Aug 22 20:26:19 EDT 2014 barbara chidester Chicago, IL , US
    128718 Fri Aug 22 20:21:23 EDT 2014 Quotez Spence chgo, IL , US
    128717 Fri Aug 22 20:08:21 EDT 2014 Lacy Anderson San Angelo, TX , US
    128716 Fri Aug 22 19:46:02 EDT 2014 Debra Jenks New York, NY , US
    128715 Fri Aug 22 19:38:29 EDT 2014 Joan Shaw Guerneville, CA , US WTF?
    128714 Fri Aug 22 19:08:34 EDT 2014 Anonymous Lake Jackson, TX , US
    128713 Fri Aug 22 19:05:28 EDT 2014 Julie Cain Sturgis, MS , US
    128712 Fri Aug 22 18:57:37 EDT 2014 Marsha Stelzer Rice lake, AP ,
    128711 Fri Aug 22 18:57:07 EDT 2014 Steve Fondiller NY , US
    128710 Fri Aug 22 18:50:42 EDT 2014 michael koftinow stop the war on journalists!!!!
    128709 Fri Aug 22 18:37:09 EDT 2014 Jane Barbarow
    128708 Fri Aug 22 18:33:07 EDT 2014 Keith Forrest Volcano, CA , US
    128707 Fri Aug 22 18:31:03 EDT 2014 Ray Haas San Rafael, CA , US please impeach Mr Obama now for treason for signing the NDAA
    128706 Fri Aug 22 18:11:20 EDT 2014 Lynn Baily Northglenn, CO , US
    128705 Fri Aug 22 17:26:52 EDT 2014 Susan Woll Montrose, NY , US Isn't POTUS a Constitional
    128704 Fri Aug 22 17:26:23 EDT 2014 Ardys De Lu Berkeley, CA , US Remember FREE PRESS
    128703 Fri Aug 22 16:52:02 EDT 2014 Susan Woll Montrose, NY , US POTUS is constitutional expert/lawyer. Maybe he should re-read the 1st Amendment. I feel betrayed and scared.
    128702 Fri Aug 22 16:49:53 EDT 2014 Luis-Alfredo Cartagena NY, NY , US
    128701 Fri Aug 22 16:46:12 EDT 2014 Levi Fuller Winchester, IN , US
    128700 Fri Aug 22 16:28:42 EDT 2014 Christie Conlon Snow Camp, NC , US
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