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U.S. Justice Department to stop secretly obtaining reporters’ records during leak probes

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    Aug 3, 2020
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    The U.S. Justice Department said Saturday that it will no longer secretly obtain reporters’ records during leak investigations, a policy shift that abandons a practice decried by news organizations and press freedom groups.

    The reversal follows a pledge last month by U.S. President Joe Biden, who had said it was “simply, simply wrong” to seize journalists’ records and that he would not permit the Justice Department to continue the practice.

    Although Biden’s comments in an interview were not immediately accompanied by any change in policy, a pair of statements from the White House and Justice Department on Saturday signalled an official turnaround from an investigative tactic that has persisted for years.


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