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National Lawyers Guild Condemns Attack on Free Press
National Lawyers Guild
The use of federal grand juries to target journalists and political activists who are critical of the repressive domestic and international policies of the United States government is an attack on democratic free speech activity. The implications of Josh Wolf's case go well beyond a single journalist or protest. "Like the Judith Miller case or the BALCO case this is about the government's ability to take an independent and free press and treat it as an investigatory arm of the government," said Carlos Villarreal, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area. "The people of California have made it clear through our shield law that we prefer a free press that doesn't have the government constantly looking over its shoulder."

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