23 November 2014

 

 

WE SUPPORT JAMES RISEN BECAUSE WE SUPPORT A FREE PRESS.

Please join with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg to TAKE ACTION NOW FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

He's working with us to launch an urgent petition -- at this crucial time for the First Amendment.

TO JOIN WITH ELLSBERG IN SIGNING THE PETITION, CLICK HERE.

The U.S. government is insisting that _New York Times_ "national security" reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source -- or go to jail. Risen says he won't capitulate.

NOW YOU CAN LET THIS JOURNALIST AND TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS KNOW THAT YOU'RE IN SOLIDARITY WITH HIS BRAVE STAND FOR A FREE PRESS. SIGN THE PETITION "WE SUPPORT JAMES RISEN BECAUSE WE SUPPORT A FREE PRESS."

Why is your support so important?

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has called the government's effort to force Risen to reveal a source "ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PRESS FREEDOM CASES IN DECADES."

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. WITHOUT PROTECTINGCONFIDENTIALITY, INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM REQUIRED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEMOCRACY WILL WITHER AND DISAPPEAR."

AMPLIFY OUR COMBINED VOICES. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER.

A recent brief from the Obama administration to the nation's top court "is UNFLINCHINGLY HOSTILE to the idea of the Supreme Court creating or finding protections for journalists," _Politico_ reported.

The newspaper added that Risen "might be sent to jail or fined if he refuses to identify his sources or testify about other details of his reporting."

This threat is TRULY OMINOUS. As Ellsberg puts it, "We would know less than we do now about government abuses, less than we need to know to hold officials accountable and to influence policy democratically."

SO MUCH IS AT STAKE: FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO KNOW. AND FOR DEMOCRACY.

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE IT WITH PEOPLE YOU KNOW.

Thank you!

-- The RootsAction.org team