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

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    130026 3 hours ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130025 1 day ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130024 2 days ago Richard Matthews San Pedro, CA , US
    130023 2 days ago tanya martens Alameda, CA , US
    130022 4 days ago Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130021 4 days ago Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130020 5 days ago karl guennar miami, FL , US
    130019 7 days ago Lori Millis Hadley, NY , US I don't understand how this could happen in a country that was founded on freedom.
    130018 1 week ago Anonymous Ithaca, NY , US Actions like this only make the President his Administration look like the criminals who are seeking retribution for telling people what they have been doing. It's an action against Brave citizens w...
    130017 1 week ago Edward Grootendorst OR , US
    130016 2 weeks ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130015 2 weeks ago Anonymous Jersey City, NJ , US
    130014 2 weeks ago Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    130013 2 weeks ago David Pinkston Bakersfield, CA , US Without our Bill of Rights we are lost as a nation becoming no different than any oppressive government that has gone before us. The Bill of Rights are our individual freedom and liberty and what m...
    130012 3 weeks ago Ryan Potter CA
    130011 3 weeks ago Christina Smallidge CO , The sentencing is absurd. Je Suis Charlie!
    130010 3 weeks ago Tom Moore Boulder, CO , US This is one more example of intimidation of 'investigative journalists.' The government is in all out attack mode against anyone who bucks the gvment line.
    130009 3 weeks ago Terri David Venice, FL , US
    130008 3 weeks ago john shibley Morgantown, WV , US TRANSPARENCY.
    130007 3 weeks ago Sigrid Langhaeuser Dillingen an der Donau, ot , DE
    130006 3 weeks ago Paul Antilla Carmichael, CA , US
    130005 3 weeks ago Melissa Mandel Oakland, CA , US
    130004 3 weeks ago Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
    130003 3 weeks ago Nicholas Rosenlicht Berkeley, CA , US Why are heroes being prosecuted as enemies?
    130002 4 weeks ago Pat Schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
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