Why a Reporter’s ‘Epic Rant’ on Twitter Gets No Argument Here

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A New York Times reporter pursued by the Obama administration on his sources recently spoke out via Twitter to challenge public statements of U.S. government officials.

James Risen says he will spend the rest of his life “fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by (President) Barack Obama and (Attorney General) Eric Holder.” Risen referred to the Obama administration as “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” and called the attorney general “the nation’s top censorship officer.”

“Maybe the tenor of Mr. Risen’s tweets wasn’t very Timesian,” says New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, “But the insistence on truth-telling and challenging the powerful is exactly what The Times ought to stand for. Always.”

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Ombudsmen in the U.S.

Just a handful of ombudsmen, or public editors, are working in the United States.

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In the News…

A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that hundreds of journalists have been murdered and more than 1,000 have died in just a little more than two decades.

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Charlie Hebdo massacre: Painful new ironies and tired old remedies

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“Hearing about the Jan. 7 slaughter was like finding out that somebody assassinated Don Martin, the late Mad magazine cartoonist, or Robert Crumb, the Leonardo of the U.S. underground press. Charlie Hebdo? Who on earth would kill those guys? Has the world truly gone nuts?” — Ed Wasserman, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley

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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings

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Mainstream media organizations face the dilemma of whether or not to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Several members of ONO explore the issue.

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NPR appoints new ombudsman

Veteran print reporter Elizabeth Jensen begins three-year term on Jan. 26.

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