We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press

The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source -- or go to jail. Risen says he won't capitulate.

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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    92109 5 minutes ago Kalliopi Alahouzou oxford, GB
    92108 31 minutes ago Nicole MacGregor Canton, MI , US
    92107 35 minutes ago Tove Tordsson Bergen, Norway, ot , NO
    92106 59 minutes ago brigitte lent Edgartown, MA , US
    92105 1 hour ago William Posey Ranchos de Taos, NM , US A free, protected press is essential to the functioning of a democracy. The rights of journalists must be protected.
    92104 1 hour ago sarah faulkner NC ,
    92103 1 hour ago Manos Sfakakis Holargos, ot , GR
    92102 1 hour ago Marcia Baltz Massapequa, NY , US
    92101 3 hours ago Gordon Murray GB
    92100 4 hours ago Gisela Algermissen Dortmund, DE
    92099 4 hours ago stehen hale nimbin, AU
    92098 4 hours ago Anonymous san rafael, CA , US Our great country was founded on freedom of the press, freedom of speech & freedom of expression. We must protect these freedoms. thank you for reading my heartfelt comments.
    92097 4 hours ago Robert Rac HR
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    92095 5 hours ago Michelle Deering Watsonville , CA , US
    92094 5 hours ago Michelle Deering Watsonville , CA , US
    92093 5 hours ago Khizar Hayat CA
    92092 5 hours ago Wayne Lorentz Pacifica, CA , US President Obama and Attorney General Holder why are you so interested in James Risen?
    92091 5 hours ago Laurie Brunner Medford, MA , US
    92090 6 hours ago LILLIE YOUNG CHICAGO, IL , US
    92089 6 hours ago Lorraine Lombard Glendale, CO , US
    92088 6 hours ago Robert Chretien Montreal, QC , CA
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