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Congressman Asks Justice for Data on Reporter Subpoenas

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) said he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department asking for…

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) said he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Justice Department asking for all records showing how many subpoenas have been requested and how many authorized for to obtain information from or about news reporters in the last four years. McDermott said he was concerned with the increase in reporter subpoenas and pressure to provide confidential information. The increasing pressure on journalists will most certainly lead to a decline in investigative reporting, threatening freedom of press and the public’s need, and right, to know. (5/26/05)

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