Journalistic Practice

Journalist summoned to testify against Watada

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UPDATE: VICTORY! The Army has dropped its subpoena against Sarah Olson.

The US Army has issued a subpoena to independent journalist Sarah Olson, demanding that she testify as a witness for the prosecution of Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to be court-martialled for refusing to serve in Iraq. At least two other journalists are reportedly also being pursued to testify. Responding to her subpoena, Olson said "it's absolutely outrageous. It's a journalist's job to report the news. It is not a journalist's job to testify against their own sources." Olson is now scheduled to testify before the Fort Lewis, WA court martial on Feb. 5. Click here to tell the Army: Dismiss the Subpoena against Journalist Sarah Olson!

Defend the Press coalition
Free Press Working Group site
The Pentagon vs. Press Freedom
Is the Army Trying to Silence Lt. Ehren Watada? by Sarah Olson
Ehren Watada statement at Veterans for Peace conf. Aug 06
Ehren Watada at NW Community Radio Summit, Sept 06 (audio)

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CPJ study finds Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalists

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New census finds more journalists held without charge or due process

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Media withdrawing from debate on Iraq

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Public's view too 'extreme' for media discussion

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Blogging between the lines at mainstream papers

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The mainstream media have fallen in love with blogs, launching them on everything from politics to life in Las Vegas to bowling. But does the inherent tension between the blogosphere’s anything-goes ethos and the standards of traditional journalism mean this relationship is doomed?

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The war on rebel journalists

Washington Post columnist repeats Chavez smear

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Krauthammer recycles discredited anti-Semitism charges against Venezuela's president

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Mail threat suspect linked to right-wing blogger community

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Nov. 14: “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann talks to John Cook, a senior writer for Radar Online, about Chad Castagana, the California man suspected of mailing threatening letters containing suspicious white powders to celebrities including Olbermann.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey