61 Groups Charge Obama Regime Threatens Press Freedom

A group of press, civil liberties, union, and Internet organizations have called on Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a full report on the Department of Justice's investigation of journalists and government whistleblowers. Your actions have threatened press freedom _ and endangered the health of our democracy. As groups working to strengthen democratic institutions and foster more open government, we are deeply concerned that your agency's actions will hinder efforts to make government more transparent and accountable to the public, the letter said in part. It accused the Justice Department of setting a dangerous precedent by its decision to secretly subpoena the AP's phone records and investigate Fox News's James Rosen as a possible co-conspirator in the leak of secret information about North Korea's missile program. The letter further observed In the digital age, reporting is no longer confined to America's traditional newsrooms. As such, threats to press freedom threaten anyone who seeks to share information about official actions using a cellphone, social media service or website. The Obama administration promised a new era of openness and transparency. Your actions, which expand secrecy and intimidate those trying to shed more light on our government, run counter to that promise. Among the 61 organizations signing the letter were the American Civil Liberties Union, The Committee to Protect Journalists, Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Writers Guild of America, East.



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