Attorney general sets new limits for when the DOJ can seize reporters' records


The Department of Justice will no longer use compulsory legal processes to seize information from people working in the news media who are acting “within the scope of their newsgathering activities,” Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a memo on Monday.

This new policy imposes further limits on when the DOJ can seize reporters’ records, a long-debated political issue balancing freedom of the press and government intelligence. The Justice Department under President Biden previously vowed not to secretly investigate reporters’ records. The previous department under

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