Committee to Protect Journalists’s Call to the Obama Administration to Fulfill Promises of Transparency, End Chilling of Speech

It’s been a few days since this report was posted, I am only now getting around to reading it.  It gives special attention to the revelations and the case of Edward Snowden, but also discusses Chelsea Manning. While a needful call to the administration to fulfill the promises of change and transparency that helped frame Obama’s election, I wish the report were a more strongly worded indictment, and perhaps a more through explanation of the cases of Barrett Brown and even Aurenheimer. From the Committee to Protect Journalists: The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America

Obama and host Jay Leno tape 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at NBC Studios on August 6 in Burbank, California. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
Obama and host Jay Leno tape ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ at NBC Studios on August 6 in Burbank, California. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)

U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise.
Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own
media to evade scrutiny by the press. Aggressive prosecution of leakers of classified information and broad electronic
surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.

A CPJ special report by Leonard Downie Jr. with reporting by Sara Rafsky

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