Garland issues broad ban against seizing media records

Source: National Post [Canada]

“U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland formalized a new policy on Monday that broadly prohibits prosecutors from subpoenaing reporters’ phone and email records, an abrupt shift after the Trump administration secretly seized records from several major news outlets in an effort to root out leaks. In addition to the new policy, Garland reiterated that the Justice Department would also throw its support behind new media shield legislation to make the policy permanent. … several media companies including the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post revealed that their reporters’ records had been seized during the Trump era in an effort to identify their confidential sources for national security stories.” (07/19/21)

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