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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    129373 Tue Sep 30 09:31:02 EDT 2014 Craig Howe Darien, CT , US
    129372 Mon Sep 29 17:56:27 EDT 2014 s h Rutland, VT , US
    129371 Mon Sep 29 17:44:31 EDT 2014 Anonymous Mpls., MN , US If there isn't any freedom for journalists to enlist the aid of the public, whether individualy or in groups, then we have betrayed the founders in there pursuit to keep the government accountable!
    129370 Mon Sep 29 17:00:28 EDT 2014 William Shirey Decatur, AL , US
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    129368 Mon Sep 29 09:30:58 EDT 2014 Ron MacDougall Sydney Mines, NS , CA
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    129364 Mon Sep 29 02:21:24 EDT 2014 Barbara Martin Jacksonville, TX , US
    129363 Mon Sep 29 02:10:36 EDT 2014 Seth Levenson Bellevue, WA , DZ
    129362 Mon Sep 29 00:50:58 EDT 2014 Lucas Brown Gaylord, MI , US
    129361 Mon Sep 29 00:39:05 EDT 2014 Lucas Brown Gaylord, MI , US
    129360 Mon Sep 29 00:38:57 EDT 2014 Lucas Brown Gaylord, MI , US
    129359 Sun Sep 28 23:11:00 EDT 2014 Richard M Roderick Wells River, VT , US
    129358 Sun Sep 28 16:41:46 EDT 2014 Amanda Preston Peterborough, ot , GB The United States has the chance to choose to protect the freedom of the press, which is vital to real democracy. Please chose to give every protection to the right to protect the source of investigative More....
    129357 Sun Sep 28 14:17:45 EDT 2014 Susan Will Aberdeen, ot , GB
    129356 Sun Sep 28 13:43:48 EDT 2014 JD FOOS OLALLA, WA , US
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    129352 Sun Sep 28 10:50:14 EDT 2014 George Viveiros North Kingstown, RI , US
    129351 Sun Sep 28 10:25:05 EDT 2014 Nancy Twiss Manhattan, KS , US
    129350 Sun Sep 28 01:09:35 EDT 2014 scott darden copper mtn., CO , US
    129349 Sat Sep 27 23:43:03 EDT 2014 Gerardo Galan Chicago, IL , US
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