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Defending Journalism

A new site, Defend the Press, is taking up the case of Sarah Olson:

a journalist who published an exclusive interview with Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, the highest-ranking member of the military to refuse to deploy to Iraq. Now, the Army wants Olson to be their witness in the lieutenant’s upcoming court martial. The Army is trying to turn speaking to the press into a crime — and wants to have a reporter participate in the prosecution of political speech.

Government actions to limit press freedom — this encroachment is only one of many — are actions to limit free speech and public knowledge.

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