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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  • Join The Progressive / Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.progressive.org/)

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    129687 8 hours ago Enid Havens SEATTLE, WA , US
    129686 10 hours ago Danny Burns Eureka, CA , US
    129685 23 hours ago Steven Kranowski Blacksburg, VA , US
    129684 1 day ago 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 1 day ago Susan Harlan Cheshire, OR , US
    129682 1 day ago Timothy Smith OH , US
    129681 1 day ago Alex DiRenzo Bristolville, OH , US
    129680 1 day ago Jane Simpson Colorado Springs, CO , US This is utterly shameful!
    129679 1 day ago Anonymous ot , FR
    129678 2 days ago Steven Stansbery Woodland Hills, CA ,
    129677 2 days ago Anita Rosenblithe New York, NY , US
    129676 2 days ago Roger McQuown Lakeland, FL , US
    129675 3 days ago 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 ...
    129674 3 days ago T garmon Dawsonville, GA , US OBAMA IS A DISGRACE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE 99% !!
    OBAMA IS JUST ANOTHER 1% CAPITALIST POLITICIAN AND A GOP BOBBLEHEAD !!!
    HE PROSECUTES THE INNOCENT AND PROTECTS THE GUILTY..........
    129673 3 days ago William Snavely Lawrence, KS , US
    129672 3 days ago Charles Hixson Oakland, CA , US
    129671 4 days ago Hugh Mccracken Dublin, OH , US Informing the public of illegal government actions should receive commendation, not persecution.
    129670 4 days ago 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 an...
    129669 4 days ago 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 4 days ago Joan Sullivan New York, NY , US
    129667 4 days ago debra pombo foresthill, CA , US
    129666 4 days ago Dr Antony J Lepire Berkeley, CA , US
    129665 4 days ago Amy Odean Portland, OR , US
    129664 4 days ago Chrisandra Coram Brisbane, ot , AU
    129663 4 days ago Clover Durfee S. Woodstock, VT , US
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