Enemy of the press 言論の自由の敵
Enemy of the press
Readers and viewers don’t often confuse Fox News with the New York Times. Each offers a unique perspective on world events, and it’s a rare day when the conservative cable network joins the liberal broadsheet in a common perspective, but that’s what happened last week in Manhattan where President Obama was declared to be “the greatest enemy of press freedom.”
James Risen, a reporter for the New York Times, delivered that charge at the “Sources and Secrets” conference at the Times Center. He spoke from personal experience, having felt the sting of the administration’s use of the Espionage Act to compel reporters to betray their confidential sources. Mr. Risen’s 2006 book, “State of War,” used confidential sources at the CIA to tell how the agency botched efforts to stop Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Spies and undercover men do not like it when their screw-ups become the stuff of common knowledge.