TIME to turn over reporter's notes

[JURIST] TIME magazine said in a statement Thursday that it will turn over notes by reporter Matthew Cooper to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name despite Cooper's own willingness to go to jail rather than provide them. After the US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal [JURIST report] by Cooper and New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Judge Thomas F. Hogan [official profile] Wednesday gave Miller and Cooper one week to reveal their sources or face up to 120 days imprisonment, equivalent to the duration of the grand jury's term. In its statement TIME complained that "the Supreme Court has limited press freedom in ways that will have a chilling effect on our work and that may damage the free flow of information that is so necessary in a democratic society", but observed:

The same Constitution that protects the freedom of the press requires obedience to final decisions of the courts and respect for their rulings and judgments. That Time Inc. strongly disagrees with the courts provides no immunity. The innumerable Supreme Court decisions in which even Presidents have followed orders with which they strongly disagreed evidences that our nation lives by the rule of law and that none of us is above it.
Read the full TIME statement. AP has more. The New York Times says it is preparing a statement but none has yet been released.


 

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