An Assault on Press Freedom
Several weeks after a reporter refused to tell police the identity of a confidential news source, his house was raided by authorities. Armed with a warrant, they used a sledgehammer to break down the front gate of his home. They handcuffed the reporter, searched his house and office, and seized computers, cameras, hard drives, notes and other materials.
This assault on the media did not occur, as one might assume, in some autocratic or Third World country where there are no First Amendment protections, but in San Francisco, a most liberal city in a most liberal state. And as troubling as these events are, what is even more confounding is the refusal by authorities to acknowledge they did anything wrong; instead, they sought to blame the reporter and criminalize legitimate newsgathering.