The Department of Justice is preparing to make it easier for the government to spy on journalists.
The Dept. of Justice has been working on revisions to the rules concerning when prosecutors can demand phone records, notes and emails from reporters.
Journalists and whistleblowers, while vital for the public, are frequently a thorn in the side of the government. Weakening the rules that protect reporters and their sources undermines the freedom of the press and endangers the First Amendment.
Former AG Jeff Sessions said that the Dept. of Justice has pursued three times as many leak investigations as it had under the Obama administration, which had set the previous record for prosecuting whistleblowers.
During his confirmation hearing the next likely attorney general, William Barr, was asked whether “he would jail reporters for doing their jobs” he said he wouldn’t rule it out.
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