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James Risen

A Poison Pill for the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 ...


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...

Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

As a nation at peace becomes a fading memory, so does privacy. Commitments to idealism -- seeking real alternatives to war and upholding democratic values -- are under constant assault from the peaks of power.

James Risen Asks Justice To Drop Subpoena | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media

James Risen wants his subpoena scrapped. Risen is the New York Times reporter at the heart of a juicy court case that sits astride important First Am...

WATCH: James Risen Calls Out Jeffrey Toobin

Posted 08.01.2013 | Media

Glenn Greenwald and Jeffrey Toobin appeared on Piers Morgan's CNN show once again on Wednesday night to spar over Edward Snowden and government leaker...

NYT Reporter Sounds Off On Court Order: 'They Just Keep Coming At Me'

Posted 07.29.2013 | Media

The New York Times sounded off on the recent federal court decision ordering James Risen to testify against his source in a leaks case. Earlier th...

Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.21.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

Journalists who can be compelled to violate the confidentiality of their sources, or otherwise go to prison, are reduced to doing little more than providing stenographic services to pass along the official story. That's what the White House wants.

NYT Reporter Ordered To Testify In Leaks Case

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 07.19.2013 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals panel in Virginia has rejected a reporter's bid to protect a source who gave him information about a ...

The United States vs. Freedom of Speech

Tricia Todd | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Tricia Todd

The criminalization of journalists in the United States is not a new occurrence, but the overt and veiled threats to reporters and their sources is becoming less of a rarity.

Michael Calderone

White House: McCain's Suggestion That It Leaked For Political Gain Is 'Irresponsible' | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.06.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration disputed claims Wednesday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others that it had revealed national security secre...

Michael Calderone

Obama's War On Leaks | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.18.2012 | Media

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Obama administration Friday morning continued its headlong attack on the right of reporters to protect their confidential sources...

The U.S. and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Last Saturday -- the same day the United States and Iran were having "constructive and useful" discussions on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul -- the New York Times published a piece titled, "Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah's Utterances."

Think Again: John Bolton and the Problem with On-the-One-Hand Objectivity

Eric Alterman | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

Bolton can hardly be said to have learned the error of his ways. For instance, according to a recent report in the Jerusalem Post, Bolton advised Tory delegates in Britain to press for a "pre-emptive strike" on Iran.

"Do as I Say, Not as I Do"

Jean-François Julliard | Posted 01.01.2012 | DC
Jean-François Julliard

The world over, repressive governments censor or blackout the press and the Internet to shield itself from the forces of social change. Disturbing then to see the same thing happening in the United States.

Department Of Justice Still Wants New York Times Reporter’s Sources

Politico | JOSH GERSTEIN | Posted 12.19.2011 | Media

In a move that could unleash a major First Amendment battle, the Justice Department is asking a federal appeals court to force a New York Times report...

Obama Comes for the Journalists

Rory O'Connor | Posted 07.26.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

Citizens as well as journalists need to stand up for Risen and against the sleazy, Bush-like tactics of the Obamacrats and the burgeoning national security state.

Feds Spied On NYT Reporter, Court Filings Reveal

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Media

Politico is reporting that federal investigators spied on New York Times reporter James Risen during a search for a government leaker. The government...

NYT's Keller Disparages Assange

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

How unseemly for New York Times executive editor Bill Keller to look down so disdainfully at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a nasty ad hominem portrayal in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

Feds Subpoena New York Times Reporter Over CIA Book

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intel...

James Risen Subpoena: New York Times Reporter Refuses To Name Sources For CIA Book

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency...