2016 Free Expression Awards

James Risen

James Risen

James Risen

Free Press Award

New York Times reporter James Risen uncovered a failed CIA plot to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program in his 2006 book, “State of War.” The publication of the book launched a seven-year legal battle by the U.S. government to get him to reveal his sources or go to jail. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Risen lost his case in the Supreme Court, but his fierce advocacy of press freedom prompted a change in government policy on forcing journalists to testify.