Jun 6 2014

Will the Justice Department Send a Reporter to Jail?

James Risen

James Risen

New York Times reporter James Risen might be headed to jail soon for refusing to reveal the source of his critical reporting on the CIA.

Join FAIR and a coalition of organizations–including The Nation and RootsAction–to send a clear message to the Obama administration: Stop the persecution of journalists.

Risen had reported in his 2006 book State of War on the CIA’s delivery of nuclear secrets to Iran as part of a botched disinformation effort. It’s the kind of reckless bungling that citizens need to know about, but that government officials would obviously prefer to keep secret. So they tried to find the source of the embarrassing–and eminently newsworthy–leak.

This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear Risen’s appeal. This means the Times reporter must either testify or face jail to protect his sources–and the practice of independent journalism.

Sign the petition to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder today. Let them know that you oppose this attack on a free press.

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.