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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    129799 Thu Oct 30 01:39:52 EDT 2014 Eric Serxner Brooklyn, NY , US
    129798 Thu Oct 30 00:30:38 EDT 2014 Connie Colina Austin, TX , US
    129797 Wed Oct 29 22:15:06 EDT 2014 Daniel Olson Astoria, NY , US
    129796 Wed Oct 29 21:56:51 EDT 2014 Louis Maripolsky Bangkok, NY , TH
    129795 Wed Oct 29 21:37:38 EDT 2014 Eve Moser New York, NY , US
    129794 Wed Oct 29 21:21:13 EDT 2014 Joanna Kapner New York, NY , US
    129793 Wed Oct 29 21:05:10 EDT 2014 Eva Orlowski jersey city, NJ , US
    129792 Wed Oct 29 20:32:58 EDT 2014 Ana Juarbe New Yorl, NY , US
    129791 Wed Oct 29 20:30:59 EDT 2014 Carl Makower B'klyn., NY, NY , US freedom of the press is a foundation of our free democracy, confidentiality is absolutely necessary!
    129790 Wed Oct 29 20:27:47 EDT 2014 Anna Spiro New York, NY , US
    129789 Wed Oct 29 20:27:45 EDT 2014 laurie gittelman N.Y., NY , US
    129788 Wed Oct 29 19:34:46 EDT 2014 Andrea Brecker New ork, NY , US
    129787 Wed Oct 29 17:35:20 EDT 2014 Maynard Kent New York, NY , US
    129786 Wed Oct 29 17:20:44 EDT 2014 Kresimir Capan Zagreb, ot , HR
    129785 Wed Oct 29 17:18:34 EDT 2014 joan langue nycc, NY , US
    129784 Wed Oct 29 17:14:47 EDT 2014 joan langue nycc, NY , US
    129783 Wed Oct 29 16:59:53 EDT 2014 Alan Brown New York, NY , US Don't make Big Brother the public's only source of information!
    129782 Wed Oct 29 16:50:10 EDT 2014 S Kaufman NYC , NY , US
    129781 Wed Oct 29 16:41:49 EDT 2014 Javier Rivera Brooklyn, NY , US
    129780 Wed Oct 29 16:38:24 EDT 2014 Carol Jackson New York, NY , US
    129779 Wed Oct 29 16:03:48 EDT 2014 Monroe Head New York, NY , US
    129778 Wed Oct 29 15:41:32 EDT 2014 Saul Nieves Brooklyn, NY , US
    129777 Wed Oct 29 15:26:37 EDT 2014 Robert Ball Brooklyn , NY , US I
    While I voted democrat in the last elections, I'm so disappointed in the current administrations actions, especially as regards free press.
    129776 Wed Oct 29 15:20:05 EDT 2014 Nancy Anderson new york, NY , US
    129775 Wed Oct 29 15:16:40 EDT 2014 eileen osmond savdié salt lake city, UT , US
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