Our Not-So-Free Press

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The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Our Not-So-Free Press

Generally, it’s China and Zimbabwe that are throwing journalists in prison, while the U.S. denounces the repression over there.

But now similar abuses are about to unfold within the United States, part of an alarming new pattern of assault on American freedom of the press. In the last few months, three different U.S. federal judges, each appointed by President Ronald Reagan, have found a total of eight journalists in contempt of court for refusing to reveal confidential sources, and the first of them may go to prison before the year is out. Some of the rest may be in prison by spring.

This is not good. This is not good at all. Damn it! I wish the American people would wake up out of thier fog!