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."



Background:
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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  • 101-125 of 130179 signatures
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    130079 2.7 years ago Patti Batchelder Georgetown, MA , US Journalists' right to protect their sources is essential to democracy. This must be preserved.
    130078 2.7 years ago Barbara Platt Palo Alto, CA , US We need to expect freedom of speech for press as an institution as an extension of free speech for the individual. Thank you for your ear.
    130077 2.7 years ago bill kahn big bear lk, CA , US this is a plea from one hero to another [you]. I need a passionate
    1st amendment lawyer. I've been looking for 15 years with no luck. i
    site their cowardice as the cause.
    I advocate...
    130076 2.7 years ago Alexander Gutierrez San Jose , CA , US
    130075 2.7 years ago rocco frangione buffalo, NY , US
    130074 2.7 years ago Lee Whitten Los Angeles, CA , US
    130073 2.7 years ago David Ehrens S. Dartmouth, MA , US
    130072 2.7 years ago E B S, WA , US
    130071 2.7 years ago David Lindsey Dunedin, FL , US
    130070 2.7 years ago elisa guss ny, NY , US
    130069 2.7 years ago Reba B. Gainesville, FL , US
    130068 2.7 years ago Lois Duran Mission Viejo, CA , US What does American become without a free press?
    130067 2.7 years ago Saikat Sen Chatham, NJ , US Mr. President:
    A free nation deserves a free press that may sometime report on things that may not be palatable to all.
    130066 2.7 years ago Saikat Sen Chatham, NJ , US Mr. President:
    A free nation deserves a free press that may sometime report on things that may not be palatable to all.
    130065 2.7 years ago Ed Weiss Van Nuys, CA , US
    130064 2.7 years ago Ed Weiss Van Nuys, CA , US
    130063 2.7 years ago Lillian Cervantes san diego, CA , US
    130062 2.7 years ago Nancy Majors Oak Lawn, IL , US
    130061 2.8 years ago Lillian Cervantes san diego, CA , US
    130060 2.8 years ago Lillian Cervantes san diego, CA , US
    130059 2.8 years ago Anonymous The Villages, FL , US
    130058 2.8 years ago r Reynolds Chicago, IL , US
    130057 2.8 years ago Rebecca Campbell Ottawa, ON , CA
    130056 2.8 years ago Rebecca Campbell Ottawa, ON , CA
    130055 2.8 years ago Robert Collins Brighton, ON , CA
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