Stop Forcing Journalists to Divulge Protected Sources

Target: John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States

Goal: Put an end to sending journalists subpoenas to testify on their anonymous sources.

A record number of journalists are being sent subpoenas ordering them to testify on their sources. Journalists are also facing search warrants for some of their documents relating to sensitive cases. After years of threats by government agencies in the forms of arrests or intimidation, now local courts are just ordering journalists to give up their sources or face legal ramifications.

40 states have “reporter’s privilege” laws in place to protect journalistic integrity and keep sources anonymous when the case is sensitive. When law enforcement agencies order subpoenas against journalists, they directly inhibit a journalist’s ability to find sources willing to tell their story. Journalists need to be granted protections in order to protect those who make telling the news possible. Sign the petition below to ensure they’re able to stay protected.


Dear Mr. Chief Justice Roberts,

We demand that you set a precedent for journalistic integrity and freeze the current upswing of subpoenas being issued against journalists. Every time a journalist gives up a source, another source just got scared away from telling their story.

The American people need reliable journalism more than ever in order to keep democracy not only alive, but possible. It’s time to end to the attack on honest storytelling through sourced journalism. End this senseless subpoena scrutiny at once!


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Photo Credit: Steve Petteway

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One Comment

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop it! journalism is no crime. we need journalism with truth.

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