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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

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Bethany McLean Returns to Fortune

Bethany McLean GBethany McLean, most well known for her work exposing the Enron scandal and her coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, is returning to Fortune as a columnist for its website. McLean is the co-author of The Smartest Guys in The Room and All The Devils are Here.

McLean was a columnist for Fortune before leaving to join Vanity Fair as a contributing editor. She will continue on in that role. McLean has also served as business columnist for Slate.

In a memo announcing McLean’s return, Andy Serwer, Fortune’s managing editor, wrote, “I am thrilled that Bethany is back with us at Fortune.com. She’s an amazing journalist and really good people too.”

Inc. Media Welcomes New Editor, Publisher

Inc. Media is into its fourth decade now. The company was founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. In addition to the monthly magazine, it currently counts an average of more than six million monthly unique visitors via Inc.com and The Build Network.

Portrait of Reuters staffer XXX, in New YorkToday is another sterling day for the brand. The company has announced James Ledbetter (pictured) as its new editor and John Donnelly as publisher. As part of these changes, Eric Schurenberg has moved over to the twin posts of president and editor-in-chief. From the announcement:

Most recently, Ledbetter spent more than three years at Thomson Reuters as its op-ed editor, working with notable names such as Lawrence Summers, Mohamed el-Erian, Steven Brill, Jack Shafer and Bethany McLean. He founded and ran Slate’s financial news site, The Big Money, from 2008 until 2010.

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Reuters Again Adds to Opinion Section

Reuters’ Op-Ed section, helmed by James Ledbetter, is still growing. Today, two new columnists  — Bethany McLean and Geraldine Fabrikant — join the team. McLean was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and has written several books. Fabrikant was most recently a Media Reporter for the New York Times, where she had worked since 1985.

At Reuters, McLean will cover the world of finance, and Fabrikant will focus on the big time names in business.