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NY Times' Risen Vows to Continue Fight to Protect Source

Lena Williams, a retired New York Times reporter and Guild leader who will be helping the Guild cover press freedom issues, follows up on the news yesterday that the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Times' reporter James Risen. The appeal sought to stop the federal government from forcing Risen to reveal a source. Risen faces jail if he refuses, which he says he will continue to do. Having exhausted his legal appeals, the Justice Department is now Risen’s court of last resort., Williams writes. The hope is that the DOJ will listen to the judicial reasoning of Judge Roger Gregory who disagreed with the Fourth Circuit on Risen’s case, writing: “The majority exalts the interests of the government, while unduly trampling those of the press, and in doing so, severely impinges on the press and the free flow of information in our society.”

Guild: DOJ Must End Pursuit of NY Times Reporter Risen

In a statement released today, The Newspaper Guild expresses deep disappointment in the Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal from Nw York Times reporter James Risen, who is being threatened with jail if he won't identify a source. Now, the Guild, says the ball is in the DOJ's court, saying, "the onus is now on the Justice Department to end its years-long pursuit of Risen and rescind its subpoena." Guild President Bernie Lunzer said, ""We strongly believe that the First Amendment protects Mr. Risen, as we believe the Framers envisioned," Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer said. "They saw the press as a fundamental piece of a functional republic. It is long past time for the Obama Administration to live up to those principles and stop persecuting journalists as Attorney General Holder suggested they would last week. If he meant what he said, now is the moment to prove it."

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