Public Interest Law Chief: New Safeguards Needed to Protect Media

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 05:02 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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New laws are needed to protect the media from unwarranted scrutiny by the Justice Department, according the American Center for Law and Justice.

"A lot of our law is just outdated . . . and it just needs to be brought up to speed," Jordan Sekulow, the public-interest law firm's executive director, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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He said new forms of the communication, such as the World Wide Web, are understood all too well by the government and "they use it to their advantage."

Sekulow's remarks came days after it was revealed that the Justice Department secretly investigated Fox News reporter James Rosen for pursuing "classified'' information from a source on North Korea, and called him a "co-conspirator."

He said Rosen may have a case against the federal government for defamation of character.

"The question here is why do you need personal phone records? Why are you looking at him as a suspect, as a co-conspirator?" Sekulow said.

"He's got not just the Constitutional challenges, but there's unlawful prosecution statutes, unlawful investigations . . . it's a personally targeted prosecution."

Sekulow said he hopes Congress will act swiftly to put new media safeguards in place.
"[So] we don't even have to argue about this anymore. It's just settled," he said.

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