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

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    128990 1 hour ago Anonymous Halifax, NS , CA
    128989 3 hours ago Ken Gilmour Peterborough, ON , CA
    128988 5 hours ago Yolanda Hinojosa Madrid, ot , ES
    128987 6 hours ago Dale Marcellus CA
    128986 6 hours ago Robin Sellwood Darley, ot , AU
    128985 6 hours ago Robin Sellwood Darley, ot , AU
    128984 7 hours ago Alisa Morrow Mililani, HI , US
    128983 8 hours ago Michael Dillard HI , US Mr. President & Mr. Holder,
    Pressuring this reporter to divulge his sources is definitely unconstitutional and undermines our democratic freedom as a democratic Nation. Please rethink your pos...
    128982 8 hours ago Paul Pittman Red Bluff, CA , US
    128981 8 hours ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA , US STOP VIOLATING the First Amendment!!!!!
    128980 10 hours ago Nicole Baker Calgary, AB , CA
    128979 10 hours ago Deidra Sawyer Hollister, CA , US
    128978 11 hours ago anthony and jan Satriano Arvada, CO , US
    128977 12 hours ago Cindy Conarroe Victoria, BC , CA
    128976 12 hours ago Michael Aloisi Rustburg, VA , US
    128975 12 hours ago David Leake Kaneohe, HI , US
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    128973 13 hours ago Denise Dardarian Los Angeles, CA , US
    128972 15 hours ago Joseph Bieliunas Springfield, PA , US
    128971 15 hours ago Ryan Hammond Lowell, MA , US
    128970 16 hours ago Kemeni Tchagbele
    128969 17 hours ago Suzanne Hodges Rancho Cordova, CA ,
    128968 20 hours ago Jan-Paul Alon NJ ,
    128967 20 hours ago Eric Adler Jericho, VT , US
    128966 21 hours ago kurt prasse NM , I do not want to live in the world you are trying to create. Stop having secrets and start behaving like humanoids
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