Report Says Surveillance Hampering Journalists

Jul 28, 2014 9:09 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Two human rights groups say the staggering amount of personal information available to government security officials has restricted the flow of information to journalists.

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union concludes in a report issued Monday that journalists have to work harder to get sensitive information because they know the government can track their exchanges with sources through phone, email and other electronic records.

At the same time, the rights groups say, the Obama administration's efforts to prosecute people who leak government secrets and to encourage federal employees to report suspected leakers mean fewer government sources are willing to talk to reporters.

The report calls for greater transparency of the government's data collecting and increased protections for journalists and whistleblowers.


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