Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Report: Obama Admin 'Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom'

James Risen
New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information to him, opened a conference last Friday by saying the Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”

According to poynter.org, Risen said, "The administration wants to “narrow the field of national security reporting to create a path for accepted reporting.” Anyone journalist who exceeds those parameters, Risen said, “will be punished.”

The administration’s aggressive prosecutions have created “a de facto Official Secrets Act,” Risen said, and the media has been “too timid” in responding.

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