Pelosi to Gonzales: 'Freedom of the Press is Critical for Our Democracy'
Below is the text of the letter:
January 19, 2007
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales
Office of the Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Dear Attorney General Gonzales:
I wish to fully associate myself with the views expressed yesterday in the letter to you by Chairman John Conyers of the House Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member Tom Davis of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform regarding the San Francisco Chronicle and reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. I ask that you give favorable consideration to their bipartisan request for relief.
Freedom of the press is critical for our democracy and for informing our citizens about public policy issues. That is why I have expressed support for a federal shield law, so that the policies and actions of the United States Government seek to protect and preserve that freedom.
Thank you for reviewing this matter of bipartisan concern. I look forward to your response.
cc: The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
The Honorable Tom Davis