May 022010
 
 May 2, 2010  Posted by  Surveillance

Peter Scheer, a lawyer and journalist, is Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition, comments:

… Use of a search warrant against journalists is devastating because it demonstrates that they can’t keep that crucial promise–it is beyond their power. And the damage is not confined to the journalist who is the subject of a warrant, but extends, logically and inevitably, to all reporters who have confidential sources. In this sense the Apple iPhone case is not about Jason Chen and Gizmodo. Their ethical and legal calculations about paying a news source, or the importance of their “scoop” (relative to the harm to Apple’s business), are beside the point. The iPhone investigators’ use of a search warrant highlights a grave threat to independent journalism generally.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

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