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Obama Blasts Afghans for Expelling Reporter -- So Why the Continued Pursuit of 'NYT' Reporter James Risen?

Peter Scheer | Posted 08.26.2014 | Media
Peter Scheer

The Justice Department's relentless pursuit of James Risen, and its refusal to recognize a qualified, first amendment-based, testimonial privilege for journalists, are serious mistakes. Now would be a good time for President Obama to correct those mistakes.

Journalism Is Under Attack, And Not Just In Ferguson

Noa Yachot | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media
Noa Yachot

It is not a great time to be a journalist in America.

NYT Reporter: Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 08.18.2014 | Media

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter James Risen is not mincing words about President Barack Obama. Risen has been fighting the Obama ad...

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama 'Could Learn From' This Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters recently denounced the government’s legal action against New York Times Reporter James Risen, who was orde...

Press Freedom Groups Ramp Up Campaign For James Risen

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Press freedom organizations submitted a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the US Department of Justice Thursday in support of New York Tim...

Jake Tapper Shuts Down DOJ Spokesman In One Tweet

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.14.2014 | Media

CNN's Jake Tapper had the perfect response when the spokesman for the Department of Justice claimed to speak up for press freedom on Wednesday night. ...

Pulitzer Prize Winners Speak Out For NY Times Reporter

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.11.2014 | Media

Fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists issued statements on Monday in defense of New York Times reporter James Risen and to condemn the governmen...

A Former Obama Aide's Revealing 'Rolling Stone' Article

Dennis Earl | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Dennis Earl

Reid Cherlin used to work for The Obama Administration. After the election of the new President in 2008, he worked in the Press Secretary's Office as one of its spokespeople. In a new piece for Rolling Stone magazine, he recounts his experiences from the inside. It has to be read to be believed.

Snowden, Go Home

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Snowden has portrayed his accessing, copying and distribution (to selected journalists) of NSA records as acts of conscience-and so they may have been. Civil disobedience is a time-honored form of protest, particularly in a democracy. But civil disobedience is not painless; it is not a get-out-of-jail free card.

Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being.

Michael Calderone

U.S. Spy Chief Warned Ex-NY Times Editor: 'You Will Have Blood On Your Hands'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- On the evening of Aug. 2, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was on a crowded Metro North train, en route to her weekend...

Why the US Record on Free Press Won't Inspire Cairo

Sarah Harvard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Sarah Harvard

The Obama administration's statements about the three Al Jazeera journalists are encouraging and ring true to the needs of both the Egyptian and the American people, but it's unsure whether they are in the right position to point their finger just yet.

Criminal Wrongdoing and the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

According to the operating consensus, the American public has no right to know what the CIA is up to, even when what it's up to is extremely questionable in terms of dealing with our officially proclaimed enemies; and liberating such data from the crypt called classification is criminal behavior.

Obama And Holder Pushed To Stop Pursuing NYT Reporter

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media

A new petition is calling on President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to drop the government's legal efforts to get New York Times reporter Ja...

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Sup...

An Assault From Obama's Escalating War On Journalism

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

Charging that the administration has launched "an assault on freedom of the press," a new petition tells Obama and Holder: "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."

Ryan J. Reilly

Top DOJ Official Implies Reporter May Not Be Jailed In Leak Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration may not actually seek an order from a federal judge to send New York Times reporter James Risen to jail for ref...

Michael Calderone

How A New York Times Reporter Forced The Paper To Publish NSA Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.14.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- In the fall of 2005, New York Times reporter James Risen invited a colleague, Eric Lichtblau, to his house to read a chapter from his fort...

A Poison Pill for the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 06.01.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

This isn't an attempt to improve the Free Flow of Information Act, it's an attempt to kill it. As appealing as it might seem to cover absolutely everyone in the United States as a potential "journalist," the result is clear. A privilege held by everyone can be held by no one.

Reporter Hits Obama Administration

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 03.27.2014 | Media

New York Times reporter James Risen did not mince words in his recent comments about the Obama administration. Risen is currently fighting a legal...

Major Media "Rallies" In New York To Urge Press Freedom From Government Spies and Protection for Sources

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.21.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

The term "spring offensive" may be out of favor in the media, but more than 50 organizations endorsed a forum this past Friday with some of the media's best known editorial heavyweights, to discuss the most serious crisis journalistic freedom has faced in decades.

Reporter Takes Press Freedom Fight To Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

New York Times reporter James Risen said Monday that he has formally taken his legal battle to prevent him from having to reveal confidential sources ...

James Risen Rips Into Government Over Press Freedom

Posted 11.20.2013 | Media

James Risen, the New York Times reporter ordered to testify against a confidential source, called on journalists to fight back against government's at...

Risen Plans To Take Fight To Supreme Court

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will not reconsider a decision compelling a journalist to identify a source who disclosed details of a ...

REJECTED

International New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 12.16.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by James Risen, an author and a reporter for The New York Times, who was o...