James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing incarceration for refusing to reveal his sources, will be speaking on campus Thursday in a talk hosted by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism entitled “Prosecuting the Press.”
Risen will be speaking in Berdahl Auditorium in Stanley Hall between 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and will discuss his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the Obama administration ordering him to disclose the identities of sources for his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”
Risen has said he will go to prison before he complies with the administration’s demands.
He will speak alongside Lowell Bergman, director of the graduate school’s Investigative Reporting Program and a 2004 recipient of Pulitzer Prize for public service.
The discussion is the first in a series of events intended to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.
There is no cost to attend the event, which will be preceded by a wine reception at the Graduate School of Journalism, located in North Gate Hall.
Contact Savannah Luschei at [email protected].