James Risen: 'I will continue to fight'


The U.S. Supreme Court won't intervene in the case of New York Times reporter James Risen, SCOTUSblog reports. Risen asked the court earlier this year to review an order that he testify in the case of someone accused of being a source. "I will continue to fight," Risen said in a statement to Poynter.

An appeals court rejected Risen's bid last November.

"Jim Risen is a groundbreaking national security reporter who continues to do powerful work," Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said in a statement to Poynter. "Journalists like Jim depend on confidential sources to get information the public needs to know. The court's failure to protect journalists' right to protect their sources is deeply troubling."

Risen said in March the Obama administration is "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that "As long as I’m attorney general, no reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail." The Justice Department said later he wasn't referring to any specific case.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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