Sunday, March 05, 2006

So much for Freedom of Press

Washington Post today has a story about how the Bush administration is putting restraint on freedom of press by demanding that journalists cite their sources when they print information from public agencies:

In a little-noticed case in California, FBI agents from Los Angeles have already contacted reporters at the Sacramento Bee about stories published in July that were based on sealed court documents related to a terrorism case in Lodi, according to the newspaper.
Some media watchers, lawyers and editors say that, taken together, the incidents represent perhaps the most extensive and overt campaign against leaks in a generation, and that they have worsened the already-tense relationship between mainstream news organizations and the White House
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This may lead to serious curtailments of the freedom of press. Reporters will be hesitant when they write about some political items that may in some way be related to subjects that the administration want to keep a lid on.

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