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Media Subpoenas in U.S. Terror Case Raise Concerns

The U.S. government has subpoenaed four journalists from major media to testify in the trial of a lawyer facing terrorism charges in a case which has raised fears for the freedom of the press. The subpoenas are in the trial of Lynne Stewart, who is charged with helping her client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted of encouraging bombings in the United States, communicate from prison with what prosecutors say are his terrorist followers. The New York Times, Reuters and Newsday are seeking to quash the unusual subpoenas of their reporters. Their success or failure may set legal precedents in a case pitting the media’s concerns about protecting sources and impartiality against government efforts to win the battle against terror. Full Story

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