US to stop seizing reporters' records in leak investigations

BBC

6th June, 2021 03:22:43 PM printer

US to stop seizing reporters' records in leak investigations

 

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has said it is ending a long-standing practice of secretly obtaining reporters' records during investigations into the leaking of classified information.

It happened under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

But the use of subpoenas and court orders to obtain journalists' records came under growing scrutiny this year, BBC reported.

Democratic President Joe Biden has described the practise as "wrong".

In the past few weeks, it emerged that DoJ officials had secretly obtained phone and email records from journalists at several news organisations during the administration of Republican President Donald Trump - among them The Washington Post and CNN - and continued doing so in the early days of the Biden administration.

 


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