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PFDF Statement on the Surveillance and Targeting of a New York Times reporter

(New York, NY, June 8, 2018) The Trump Administration’s draconian surveillance and targeting of a New York Times reporter is an ominous step towards a more authoritarian approach to the press by a White House that has already made it clear that it is at war with journalists, who are performing the daily public service of keeping Americans informed.

The Press Freedom Defense Fund’s mission is to help protect journalists facing just this kind of government attack.

James Risen

Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

Kate Myers

Deputy Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

ABOUT THE PRESS FREEDOM DEFENSE FUND

First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Grants under this program are used to fund challenges to policies or actions that restrict press freedom and obstruct access to essential information in the United States and around the world.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Jeannie Kedas

Jeannie.kedas@firstlook.media

FOR INTERVIEWS WITH:

James Risen

Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund