Justice Department Formally Restricts Compulsion of Journalist Records
By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-19-21
The Justice Department said July 19 that it has formally changed its policy to restrict the use of “compulsory processes” – such as subpoenas – to get information or records from members of the press on activities in the course of doing their jobs and in the “scope” of newsgathering.
The policy, effective immediately, was announced in a memo to department staff leadership by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Garland has asked a deputy attorney general to look into codifying the policy into department regulations to ensure the “durability” of the change, and added that he supports legislation that would protect the news media. » Read More
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