The absence of federal shield law protections, coupled with the escalating number of prosecutions for intelligence-related whistleblowers’ disclosures, has placed enormous new pressures on reporters and news outlets. At the same time, the urgency of providing the public with more accurate information about government surveillance practices has intensified. This panel of renowned reporters, media experts, and whistleblowers charted the evolution of this issue and discussed how the foundations of press freedoms may be under siege.
Siobhan Gorman, reporter, Wall Street Journal
Thomas Drake, whistleblower fired from the NSA
Fritz Byers, communications lawyer; lecturer in law, University of Toledo
Rebecca Corbett ’74, assistant managing editor for the New York Times, served as moderator