We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press


The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source -- or go to jail. Risen says he won't capitulate.

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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    100873 Fri Aug 01 18:26:17 EDT 2014 Maria Mirra Arlington, VA , US
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    100869 Fri Aug 01 18:17:24 EDT 2014 gary wallach Chapel Hill, NC , US If reporters aren't allowed to report, why have them?
    100868 Fri Aug 01 18:16:26 EDT 2014 Anne Baumann Sloatsburg, NY , US
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    100854 Fri Aug 01 17:36:21 EDT 2014 Kathleen Boyer Rancho Santa margarita, CA , US
    100853 Fri Aug 01 17:36:11 EDT 2014 Alexander Kowalski Syracuse, NY , US I thought the U.S. Press had a right to keep sources confidential & that we had "free press" and, what is this garbage about "Free Speech Zones"? I thought we are guaranteed FREE SPEECH by the U.S. Constitution More....
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