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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  • Join FAIR - Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (http://fair.org/)
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  • Join The Nation (http://www.thenation.com/)
  • Join The Progressive / Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.progressive.org/)

  • 176-200 of 130179 signatures
    Number Date Name Location Feel free to add your own ...
    130004 2.9 years ago Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
    130003 3 years ago Nicholas Rosenlicht Berkeley, CA , US Why are heroes being prosecuted as enemies?
    130002 3 years ago pat schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    130001 3 years ago Richard Monahan San Jose, CA , US
    130000 3 years ago William Kohler Tromsø, ot , NO
    129999 3 years ago Aaron Wallace ocean springs, MS , US It is a right for the press to remain free, as well as a freeman to remain free, one with the other is a violation. It is free press, not governism of the press, or micro-manage of the press.
    129998 3 years ago A B zevenaar, ot , NL
    129997 3 years ago Anonymous Tallahassee, FL , US
    129996 3 years ago Christopher Bush Robbinsdale , MN , US
    129995 3 years ago carol jagiello Bloomingdale, NJ , US
    129994 3 years ago Mark Kravets Rostock, DE Freedom of speech and democracy will prevail!
    129993 3 years ago Blake Bentley Roanoke, VA , US
    129992 3 years ago James Nelson Magdalena, NM , US
    129991 3 years ago Wendy Fitzgerald Troutdale, OR , US
    129990 3 years ago MRS MARJORIE J LEWIS HEREFORD, ot , GB
    129989 3 years ago E B S, WA , US
    129988 3 years ago Fallon Hume Devonport, ot , NZ
    129987 3 years ago John Welch Huntington beach, CA , US
    129986 3 years ago Nancy Langdon Clearlake, CA , US In my eyes James Risen is a warrior for freedom and justice. He is a hero and should not be punished. Without people like him the truth would be hidden from the people and corruption would rule ou...
    129985 3 years ago Anonymous NC , US
    129984 3 years ago John Tedge Brunswick East, ot , AU No prosecution for whistleblowing reporters. Free speech matters
    129983 3 years ago pat schumacher Brownsville, TX , US
    129982 3 years ago Kevin Fitzpatrick Livermore, CA , US
    129981 3 years ago Anonymous Salt Lake City, UT , US
    129980 3 years ago E B S, WA , US
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