From the ASNE

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review the circuit court’s decision requiring The New York Times reporter James Risen to identify his reportorial source in compiling his 2006 book “State of War.”

“Although it wasn’t unexpected, Monday’s decision is disheartening,” said ASNE President David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. “We had hoped that the justices would use this as an opportunity to restore a protection for newsgathering that is so crucial to the freedom of the press.”

Boardman also said:

“Out of this disappointment arises opportunity. The American Society of News Editors remains committed to the passage of a federal shield law for journalists. We believe the Free Flow of Information Act, currently pending before the U.S. Senate as S 987, has more than enough support to pass, and we urge the Senate to act swiftly and decisively. There remains no further reason to delay passing this bill, which already has the support of the White House and would simply provide reporters protections similar to those they already receive in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

“Finally, we hope that the Department of Justice also acts swiftly and decisively to withdraw the subpoena at the heart of this case and resists the impulse to subpoena reporters in such cases in the future.”

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