Justice Department investigated journalists 14 times during 2014

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A Justice Department report says the US government questioned, arrested or subpoenaed journalists 14 times during 2014, including the high-profile subpoena issued to New York Times reporter James Risen.

Former US attorney general Eric Holder said in February 2014 that the department would release information on how law enforcement officials use its tool to investigate the news media.

The four-page annual report released on Friday includes 14 incidents, including the subpoena issued to Risen, who refused to divulge his CIA source for a chapter of his book about the Iran nuclear program. The informant, Jeffrey Sterling, was convicted on nine counts in January.

“Today’s report is an important step in the Justice Department’s ongoing efforts to promote the freedom of the press, to keep the American people informed and to improve transparency and accountability regarding media-related process,” said attorney general Loretta Lynch.

Also included in the report are a handful of attorney general-authorized questions, arrests, charges or subpoenas for court orders or search warrants.

Most of the cases involved the department attempting to get information about criminal investigations obtained through reporting, often with the news companies voluntarily submitting to questioning or complying with the department’s request…

Lynch said the report includes the information, so blah, blah, blah-de-blah.

You don’t need the actual words, do you? If you’re the sort of curious mind, the kind of individual who feels individual liberties must not be set aside in the normal course of growth and progress, you know the boiler-plate phrases our politicians are accustomed to rolling out to make us all calm and quiet.

Well, most of us. The ones who think limits on political parties, a tame press, theocracy and ignorance are all part of the natural state of affairs.

2 thoughts on “Justice Department investigated journalists 14 times during 2014

    • Grito says:

      The Mexican government responded Tuesday to Noam Chomsky’s and almost 500 other international intellectuals’ and writers’ letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto demanding full clarity in the deaths of journalists in the country, specifically that of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa. “The Mexican government is convinced that every crime must be combatted and that every loss of human life to acts of violence must be clarified and punished,” Roberto Campa, Deputy Minister of the Interior in charge of Human Rights.
      Mexico today is the second most dangerous countries to be a journalist as 107 have been killed since 2000. In contrast, less than 10 percent of the cases have resulted in the sentencing of a responsible party. Mexico also has the second highest rate of impunity in the world.
      Last Saturday, Chomsky and his co-signers sent Peña Nieto a letter demanding “prompt and efficient clarification” of the deaths of Espinosa and other journalists. Espinosa was executed earlier this month in Mexico City along with four other women. One of them, activist Nadia Vera, had also fled Veracruz due to death threats she received from the administration of Governor Javier Duarte. Espinosa also fled Veracruz for the same reasons. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexican-Govt-Responds-to-Chomsky-and-Hundreds-of-Intellectuals-20150819-0004.html (includes videos)

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