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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  • 151-175 of 130180 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Feel free to add your own ...
    130030 4.9 years ago john penz kerrville, TX , US I gave 22 years of my life defending this country and it's Constitution from evils such as now are in the
    Oval Office! Don't let my life and millions of other defenders of freedom over the past ...
    130029 4.9 years ago Anonymous ot , ES
    130028 4.9 years ago Leslie Bellis Santa Rosa, CA , US
    130027 4.9 years ago Eve Popal Morrison, CO , US
    130026 4.9 years ago Anonymous Augsburg, DE
    130025 4.9 years ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130024 4.9 years ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130023 4.9 years ago Richard Matthews San Pedro, CA , US
    130022 4.9 years ago tanya martens Alameda, CA , US
    130021 4.9 years ago Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130020 4.9 years ago Brendan Pearse Hillsboro, OR , US
    130019 4.9 years ago k g miami, FL , US
    130018 4.9 years ago Lori Millis Hadley, NY , US I don't understand how this could happen in a country that was founded on freedom.
    130017 4.9 years 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...
    130016 4.9 years ago Edward Grootendorst Grootendorst LAKE OSWEGO, OR , US
    130015 4.9 years ago Bina Israni South San Francisco, CA , US
    130014 4.9 years ago Anonymous Jersey City, NJ , US
    130013 4.9 years ago pat schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    130012 4.9 years 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...
    130011 4.9 years ago Ryan Potter CA
    130010 4.9 years ago Christina Smallidge Denver, CO , US The sentencing is absurd. Je Suis Charlie!
    130009 4.9 years 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.
    130008 4.9 years ago Terri David Venice, FL , US
    130007 4.9 years ago john shibley Morgantown, WV , US TRANSPARENCY.
    130006 4.9 years ago Sigrid Langhaeuser Dillingen an der Donau, Germany, NV , DE
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