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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    128565 4 minutes ago Elaine Becker Roanoke, VA , US
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    128559 1 hour ago John Cuda Pittsburgh, PA , US
    128558 1 hour ago Sharlee Moore Los Angeles, CA , US
    128557 1 hour ago Leslie Cirigliano Sunset, UT , US
    128556 1 hour ago Armando Solorzano Oakland, CA , Risen is a brave national security reporter who years ago began revealing the NSA programs that have since become so infamous and controversial. The first amendment is in jeopardy because of the bul...
    128555 1 hour ago Thomas Perez Mims, FL , US
    128554 2 hours ago JackieDB Swank LaCrosse, WI , US
    128553 2 hours ago Jill Cody San Jose, CA , US What happened to this country that journalists can't keep their sources private! If they aren't protected we won't get the truth!
    128552 2 hours ago Scott Gossler CA , US
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    128548 3 hours ago John Kesich Venice, FL , US Can the US reverse its descent into fascism?
    128547 3 hours ago Cassandra Lyons Lexington, KY , US
    128546 3 hours ago Bernardo Alayzamujica surquilllo, IA , PE
    128545 3 hours ago Bryan Jarrie Marysville, CA , US Fuck the New World Order!
    128544 3 hours ago Marc Roelofs ot , NL
    128543 3 hours ago Lama Gyatso North Hollywood, CA , US
    128542 4 hours ago Nancy Enkiri Beltsville, MD , US
    128541 4 hours ago Eric Anderson Melbourne, FL , US
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