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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NYT Reporter: Obama Admin "Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom" in a Generation

By Rick Pearcey • March 25, 2014, 11:40 AM

Brendan Bordelon writes at the Daily Caller:

New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation" on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those who refuse to play along "will be punished."

[Poynter.org] reports that Risen made the remarks while speaking at Sources and Secrets conference -- a meeting of journalism, communication and government professionals held in New York City. The foreign policy reporter, who is currently fighting a fierce court battle with the federal government over his protection of a confidential source, warned that press freedom is under serious attack in today’s America.

"In a speech kicking off the conference," the Daily Caller reports, "Risen claimed that the Obama administration wants to 'narrow the field of national security reporting' and 'create a path for accepted reporting.' Those who stray from that path, he cautioned, 'will be punished'."

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