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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    130155 Fri Jan 15 13:12:19 EST 2016 Natalie Smith Austin, TX , US
    130154 Fri Jan 15 10:29:26 EST 2016 Linda McBride Wakefield, RI , US
    130153 Fri Jan 15 09:38:47 EST 2016 Tony Marmont Casa Grande, AZ , US National security is important and some matters have to be kept secret, but to harras citizens who work at the CIA , and who work elsewhere is not democracy, we are sliding a slippery slope, not in line More....
    130152 Fri Jan 15 09:34:25 EST 2016 Cécile Stelzer-Johnson Wisconsin Rapids, WI , US Whistle blowers are also the guarantors of our Freedom of the Press. Without a proper system to take care of the Administration's wrongdoings internally (Any administration) we guarantee that there More....
    130151 Thu Jan 14 16:00:25 EST 2016 David Hagberg Rockville, MD , US
    130150 Wed Jan 13 14:56:27 EST 2016 David Lund Springfield, MO , US
    130149 Wed Jan 13 14:50:56 EST 2016 Rodger Rosie Los Angeles, CA , US
    130148 Sun Jan 10 14:10:45 EST 2016 Kathryn Meehan CA , US
    130147 Sun Jan 10 06:06:26 EST 2016 Tamar Dick Bethlehem, PA , US
    130146 Wed Dec 23 18:01:47 EST 2015 Jeanne Mackay Marysville, MI , US
    130145 Thu Nov 19 20:40:09 EST 2015 DR. T. RANDALL (RANDY) MOCK, M.D., Ph.D. Dallas, TX , US
    130144 Tue Nov 17 00:22:16 EST 2015 Jack Burg Seattle, WA , US
    130143 Sun Nov 15 22:52:31 EST 2015 Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
    130142 Thu Nov 12 00:24:05 EST 2015 Aurora Hunter Houston, TX , US
    130141 Sun Nov 01 15:35:11 EST 2015 Anonymous Denver, CO , US Freedom of the press is the last lifeboat on the Titanic (U.S.A.).
    130140 Thu Oct 29 11:56:34 EDT 2015 S B Rutland, VT , US
    130139 Thu Oct 29 11:25:15 EDT 2015 S B Rutland, VT , US
    130138 Fri Oct 09 14:29:44 EDT 2015 Dave Petersen Tigard, OR , US This is long overdue legislation. No on a politician should be against it
    130137 Tue Sep 29 15:19:54 EDT 2015 Anonymous Richmond Hill, NY , US
    130136 Sun Sep 27 09:16:46 EDT 2015 Wim Van Aelst Aarschot, ot , BE
    130135 Wed Sep 23 07:54:03 EDT 2015 Sanjib Bhadra Bhardwaj Guwahati , ot , IN Sir, we humbly request you to protect the sanctity and liberty of public information providers for public domain. Public content generators are integral part of our evolved civilization and political maturity. More....
    130134 Wed Sep 16 19:41:17 EDT 2015 John Steven Livacich Redlands, CA , US
    130133 Mon Sep 14 23:48:45 EDT 2015 Steven Kranowski BLACKSBURG, VA , US
    130132 Sat Aug 29 03:01:33 EDT 2015 Mike Keith Lakeport, CA , US
    130131 Sat Aug 22 14:11:51 EDT 2015 Travis Ducharme Raymond, NH , US
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