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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    129685 Wed Oct 22 00:39:02 EDT 2014 Steven Kranowski Blacksburg, VA , US
    129684 Tue Oct 21 17:02:44 EDT 2014 Terry Brearey Croydon, PA , US President Obama and the Justice Department should be prosecuting James Clapper and John Brennan for lying to congress! Bush and Cheney should also be prosecuted for war crimes!
    129683 Tue Oct 21 16:38:15 EDT 2014 Susan Harlan Cheshire, OR , US
    129682 Tue Oct 21 12:51:38 EDT 2014 Timothy Smith US
    129681 Tue Oct 21 07:03:46 EDT 2014 Alex DiRenzo Bristolville, OH , US
    129680 Tue Oct 21 03:44:24 EDT 2014 Jane Simpson Colorado Springs, CO , US This is utterly shameful!
    129679 Tue Oct 21 02:02:35 EDT 2014 Anonymous ot , FR
    129678 Mon Oct 20 15:38:26 EDT 2014 Steven Stansbery Woodland Hills, CA ,
    129677 Mon Oct 20 13:14:23 EDT 2014 Anita Rosenblithe New York, NY , US
    129676 Mon Oct 20 13:04:26 EDT 2014 Roger McQuown Lakeland, FL , US
    129675 Sun Oct 19 19:38:22 EDT 2014 Henry Thoreau Walden, MA , US Mr. Holder your war on whistle blowers makes you by far the worse attorney general in US history even far worse than John Mitchell. Your aiding and abetting of murder of innocent people world-wide by More....
    129674 Sun Oct 19 19:25:25 EDT 2014 T garmon Dawsonville, GA , US OBAMA IS A DISGRACE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE 99% !!
    HE More....
    129673 Sun Oct 19 18:41:00 EDT 2014 William Snavely Lawrence, KS , US
    129672 Sun Oct 19 13:56:35 EDT 2014 Charles Hixson Oakland, CA , US
    129671 Sun Oct 19 10:46:59 EDT 2014 Hugh Mccracken Dublin, OH , US Informing the public of illegal government actions should receive commendation, not persecution.
    129670 Sun Oct 19 09:11:31 EDT 2014 Gerard Marek Vernon Hills, IL , US As someone who has donated 5-10K to Democratic candidates (including President Obama) in the last 3-4 elections (including off-year elections like this year) I am deeply concerned and offended More....
    129669 Sun Oct 19 09:07:30 EDT 2014 jack bubenick loris, SC , US We need more people like this getting the truth out we should be supporting the whistle blowers. Obama has been putting pressure against whistle blowers. where is the transparency???
    129668 Sun Oct 19 08:45:05 EDT 2014 Joan Sullivan New York, NY , US
    129667 Sun Oct 19 00:25:44 EDT 2014 debra pombo foresthill, CA , US
    129666 Sat Oct 18 22:04:59 EDT 2014 Dr Antony J Lepire Berkeley, CA , US
    129665 Sat Oct 18 20:23:58 EDT 2014 Amy Odean Portland, OR , US
    129664 Sat Oct 18 20:13:05 EDT 2014 Chrisandra Coram Brisbane, ot , AU
    129663 Sat Oct 18 11:54:02 EDT 2014 Clover Durfee S. Woodstock, VT , US
    129662 Sat Oct 18 11:37:41 EDT 2014 Kit Mason MD ,
    129661 Sat Oct 18 10:56:58 EDT 2014 Richard Sanford pennrun, PA , US
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