Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

AP Says DOJ Seized Journalists' Phone Records

From the New York Times: a report on the sensational news that the Department of Justice has seized two months' worth of phone records of Associated Press journalists. Records seized included not just those pertaining to work phones, but also home phones. The A.P. says it has received no explanation for the seizure. The DOJ's action seems related to AP reports of an action taken by the CIA to stop an al-Qaida plan to blow up a US plane last year. More here from the Guardian. Guardian commentator Harry Enten suggests that this report, coinciding with news that the IRS has targeted conservative political groups, may hurt the President and his party in the 2014 elections.

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