Journalist Called to Testify in Court Martial

Journalist Sarah Olson was recently called to testify in a court martial against Ehren Watada, according to the Progressive. Watada has called the Iraq War “illegal and unjust,” and is refusing to deploy there.

Olson, a freelance writer, was one of the first to cover the story, and is now being called to testify in the court martial. Though the military says that it is not asking for notes or tapes, others say it is wrong to make her essentially testify against her source, and on January 8th the Los Angeles Times said that “No prosecutor should be able to conscript any reporter into being a deputy by compelling testimony made by a source—or go fishing for information beyond what a reporter presents in a story—unless it’s absolutely vital to protect U.S. citizens from crime or attack.”

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