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.


Add me to the following list(s):
  • Join FAIR - Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (http://fair.org/)
  • Join Freedom of the Press Foundation (https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/)
  • Join The Nation (http://www.thenation.com/)
  • Join The Progressive / Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.progressive.org/)

  • 1-25 of 129922 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Feel free to add your own ...
    129922 1 hour ago Maria Ramirez Chatsworth, CA , US
    129921 4 hours ago John Tunca Deerfield, IL , US
    129920 1 day ago hariharan rajendran Vancouver, IL , US
    129919 1 day ago Anthony C. Tweedale Eastpoinite, MI , US
    129918 1 day ago Nancy Wrensch Jefferson, WI , US
    129917 1 day ago Nancy Wrensch Jefferson, WI , US
    129916 1 day ago Nancy Wrensch Jefferson, WI , US
    129915 1 day ago Wilma Ralls Marietta, GA , US
    129914 2 days ago Marlene Goldsmith Pittsburgh, PA , US
    129913 3 days ago Raila Luminae St. louis park, MN , US
    129912 3 days ago John McLarty Lubbock, TX , US
    129911 3 days ago Matthew Thompson North Riverside, IL , US
    129910 3 days ago Jennifer Crommett MA ,
    129909 3 days ago Anonymous Columbia Station, OH , US
    129908 3 days ago SARA CIANTAR Toronto, ON , CA
    129907 4 days ago James A MN , US
    129906 4 days ago Sanna Towns St. Paul, MN , US
    129905 4 days ago Jessica Eckford CA ,
    129904 5 days ago Dom Tuminaro Red Hook, NY , US
    129903 5 days ago Roxie Gihl Bremerton, WA , US
    129902 6 days ago Robert Kovats Roseville, CA , US
    129901 6 days ago Dwight Hilpman Lawrence, KS , US
    129900 6 days ago Damian Baker toluca lake, CA , US
    129899 1 week ago Susan Osada Buffalo Grove, IL , US
    129898 1 week ago sue colucci Clarkston, MI , US
    Next ->

    All fields indicated by a red asterisk (*) are required.  By taking action you will be automatically signed up for action alerts from Roots Action. We consider your contact information to be private and confidential. We will NOT disclose it to any other entity unless you specifically authorize us to do so. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of any email you receive from us.