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Sen. Jeff Sessions, who will appear before the Senate tomorrow for his confirmation as Attorney General of the United States, has over the years taken positions on a number of issues affecting journalists and media organizations, according to a report released today by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Sessions has opposed a federal reporter’s shield law and reforms to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and supported surveillance policies that threaten confidential reporter-source relationships. On the other hand, he supported a bill that made it harder for libel plaintiffs to enforce judgments in the U.S. from foreign countries that don’t offer sufficient speech protections.
The entire report is available on the Reporters Committee website.