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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    130157 7 years ago cookie marks chicago, IL , US
    130156 7 years ago Natalie Smith Austin, TX , US
    130155 7 years ago Linda McBride Wakefield, RI , US
    130154 7 years ago Tony Marmont Casa Grande, AZ , US National security is important and some matters have to be kept secret, but to harras citizens who work at the CIA , and who work elsewhere is not democracy, we are sliding a slippery slope, not in ...
    130153 7 years ago Cécile Stelzer-Johnson Wisconsin Rapids, WI , US Whistle blowers are also the guarantors of our Freedom of the Press. Without a proper system to take care of the Administration's wrongdoings internally (Any administration) we guarantee tha...
    130152 7.1 years ago David Hagberg Rockville, MD , US
    130151 7.1 years ago David Lund Springfield, MO , US
    130150 7.1 years ago Rodger Rosie Los Angeles, CA , US
    130149 7.1 years ago Kathryn Meehan CA , US
    130148 7.1 years ago Tamar Dick Bethlehem, PA , US
    130147 7.1 years ago Jeanne Mackay Marysville, MI , US
    130146 7.2 years ago DR. T. RANDALL (RANDY) MOCK, M.D., Ph.D. Dallas, TX , US
    130145 7.2 years ago Jack Burg Seattle, WA 98194, WA , US
    130144 7.2 years ago Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
    130143 7.2 years ago Aurora Hunter Houston, TX , US
    130142 7.3 years ago Anonymous Denver, CO , US Freedom of the press is the last lifeboat on the Titanic (U.S.A.).
    130141 7.3 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
    130140 7.3 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
    130139 7.3 years ago Dave Petersen Portland , OR , US This is long overdue legislation. No on a politician should be against it
    130138 7.3 years ago Anonymous Richmond Hill, NY , US
    130137 7.4 years ago Wim Van Aelst Aarschot, ot , BE
    130136 7.4 years ago Sanjib Bhadra Bhardwaj Guwahati , ot , IN Sir, we humbly request you to protect the sanctity and liberty of public information providers for public domain. Public content generators are integral part of our evolved civilization and politica...
    130135 7.4 years ago John Steven Livacich Redlands, CA , US
    130134 7.4 years ago Steven Kranowski BLACKSBURG, VA , US
    130133 7.4 years ago Mike Keith Lakeport, CA , US
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