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Europe rights group urges US to drop subpoenas against journalists

[JURIST] The intergovernmental Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website] has urged US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to drop subpoenas against two journalists demanding that they name their sources to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's name. The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the reporters' case [JURIST report]. While there is no federal shield law to protect journalists, many states have them. In a letter to Gonzales quoted in an OSCE press statement Wednesday, OSCE media freedom representative Miklos Haraszti noted that "A journalist's right to freely access information and deal with sources in confidence is paramount for free reporting and discussion of public issues." Reuters has more.

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