The American newspaper ‘The New York Times’ has denounced that two last US administrations have tried to appropriate the content of the emails of four of his journalists to find out his sources, in the continuation of similar efforts with the “Washington Post” and the chain CNN. The Justice Department has not explained what it was investigating, but the identity of the four reporters implies that it refers to classified information in an April 2017 article regarding investigations conducted by now-former FBI Director James Comey during the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Both the Donald Trump and Joe Biden administrations they imposed a gag order on the top executives of the media, finally lifted on Friday, according to attorney David McCraw. The gag order prevented executives from revealing the government’s efforts to confiscate the records even to executive editor Dean Baquet and other newsroom officials. The initiative came to light after a final, ultimately unsuccessful effort by the Justice Department to seize email records from Google, which operates the Times’ email system, and which had resisted the effort to obtain the information.
The disclosure came two days after Biden’s Justice Department notified the four journalists that the Trump administration, in search of his sources, had secretly confiscated months of his phone records, as I did with the ‘Post’ and CNN.
“It’s an assault on the First Amendment”
Baquet has repudiated the behavior of the Trump and Biden administrations for their actions, and described the operation as an assault on the First Amendment. “Google has done the right thing, but we should not have reached this point,” he lamented.
The Biden administration tried to delay the execution of the order “on multiple occasions in recent months” and then voluntarily acted to withdraw it before it was recorded in court records, “Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley explained in a statement. to the newspaper in which he reiterates the White House’s commitment to press freedom.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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