Justice Department says it'll no longer seize reporters' records

The reversal follows a pledge last month by President Joe Biden, who had said it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize journalists' records.

6/5/2021 6:52:00 PM

NEW: The Justice Department says that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups.

The reversal follows a pledge last month by President Joe Biden, who had said it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize journalists' records.

— that their phone records had been obtained during the Trump administration.The latest revelation came Friday night when the Times reported the existence of a gag order that barred the newspaper from revealing a secret court fight over efforts to obtain the email records of four reporters. That tussle had begun during the Trump administration but had persisted under the Biden Justice Department, which ultimately moved to withdraw the gag order.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Saturday that no one at the White House was aware of the gag order until Friday night, but that more broadly, “the issuing of subpoenas for the records of reporters in leak investigations is not consistent with the President’s policy direction to the Department.”

In a separate statement, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said that “in a change to its longstanding practice,” the department"will not seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs." headtopics.com

He added: “The department strongly values a free press, protecting First Amendment values, and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the independence of journalists."The statement did not say whether the Justice Department would still conduct aggressive leak investigations without obtaining reporters' records. It also did not define who exactly would be counted as a member of the media for the purposes of the policy and how broadly the protection would apply.

Even so, it marked a startling turnabout concerning a practice that has persisted across multiple presidential administrations. Read more: NBC News »

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Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' recordsThe Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. The reversal follows a pledge last month by President Joe Biden, who had said it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize journalists' records and that his Justice Department would halt the practice. The tactic of using subpoenas and court orders to obtain journalists' records has been used by Democratic and Republican administrations seeking to identify sources of classified information.

Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' recordsNEW: The Justice Department said that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. So instead of doing it secretly, they'll just do it publicly.

Justice Dept. says it'll no longer seize reporters' recordsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations , a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups. How about a law that prohibits it and makes violations punishable by criminal and civil penalties... _Politics Well now, isn’t that special... It also says bc the wh has been returning us to a hands off policy of DOJ it was NOT aware of the gag order until now. But Merrick Garland is disappointing so far imho.

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Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than doneWASHINGTON (AP) — One of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe Biden saying he would abandon the practice of spying on journalists. It must be done to save lives endangered by leaks and media stories What the potus does not know, will not hurt him. I am sure Homeland Security does all types of record searches & surveillance that no one in the West Wing will ever know about. Trump is horrible for spying on the media, Biden says he might stop doing it but hasn't decided yet.

Biden's pledge on media freedom may be easier said than doneOne of the Biden Justice Department's first big moves has been to alert reporters at three major news organizations that their phone records were seized as part of leak investigations under the Trump administration, with President Joe Biden saying he would abandon the practice of spying on journalists. Abandon practice doesn’t mean no surveillance.