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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    103725 25 seconds ago Laura Podrasky Highland, MI , US Our reporters have to protect whistle blowers, because whistle blowers risk unfair punishment
    103724 1 minute ago Gerald Kahlert West St. Paul, MN , US
    103723 3 minutes ago Michael Miller Lafayette, CA , US
    103722 4 minutes ago Andrew Marshall Mobile, AL , US
    103721 5 minutes ago a s webste rgroves, MO , US
    103720 7 minutes ago anne karppinen Kenmore, WA , US
    103719 13 minutes ago William Tepper Rochester, NY , US In times of war and unrest the truth is always the first casualty.
    103718 15 minutes ago Janice Sprow Shepherdsville, KY , US
    103717 16 minutes ago Rebecca Sessa WA ,
    103716 29 minutes ago Elaine Gridley Green Bay, WI , US
    103715 33 minutes ago Robyn Zimmerman Wyandotte, MI , US
    103714 44 minutes ago Brian Beattie Vancouver, WA , US
    103713 48 minutes ago William Bodden Redmond, OR , US This is another fork in the road - democracy or tyranny?
    103712 53 minutes ago Jay Jacot NY , US
    103711 54 minutes ago Gloria Barnett Lufkin,, TX , US
    103710 59 minutes ago Jonathan Zercher Austin, TX , US
    103709 1 hour ago Ilse Hadda Berkeley, CA , US
    103708 1 hour ago Anonymous CA Although not a US citizen I believe in the freedoms any democratic country expects that include the
    right to truth in news reporting and the freedom to
    gather that information as a lawful sa...
    103707 1 hour ago Carol Brothers Arlington, VA , US
    103706 1 hour ago james mason London, ot , GB
    103705 1 hour ago Nicole Navratil Arvada, CO , US
    103704 1 hour ago Bud Haas Bradford, VT , US
    103703 1 hour ago carol Ross llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, ot , GB
    103702 1 hour ago Tim Coughlin Croton HDSN, NY , US Afford journalists the same confidentiality that doctors and therapists enjoy.
    103701 1 hour ago Irene Calder Tualatin, OR ,
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