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."

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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    129987 10 hours ago John Welch Huntington beach, CA , US
    129986 1 day ago Nancy Langdon Clearlake, CA , US In my eyes James Risen is a warrior for freedom and justice. He is a hero and should not be punished. Without people like him the truth would be hidden from the people and corruption would rule ou...
    129985 1 day ago Anonymous NC , US
    129984 2 days ago John Tedge Brunswick East, ot , AU No prosecution for whistleblowing reporters. Free speech matters
    129983 3 days ago Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    129982 3 days ago Kevin Fitzpatrick Livermore, CA , US
    129981 4 days ago Anonymous Salt Lake City, VA , US
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    129979 5 days ago Dwight Hilpman Lawrence, KS , US
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    129977 6 days ago Jim Lynch Guerneville, CA , US
    129976 6 days ago Ethan Eldon Huntington, NY , US
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    129974 7 days ago Jim Scott AU
    129973 1 week ago Douglas DEAVILLE Pipersville, PA , US
    129972 1 week ago Margaret Mitsutani Tokyo, ot , JP
    129971 1 week ago Patrick Sennello Zephyr Cove, NV , US
    129970 1 week ago Angella Hallgren Austin, TX , US
    129969 1 week ago Dave Hattorimanabe San jose, CA , US
    129968 1 week ago Larry Lima Campbell, CA , US
    129967 1 week ago William Lankford Charlottesville, VA , US
    129966 1 week ago philippe bastide ot , FR
    129965 1 week ago Vincent Fontaine Brussels, ot , BE
    129964 1 week ago Mike DeRosa CT , US Journalism is NOT a Crime!!
    129963 1 week ago margaret beresford montreal, NY , US
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