Journalist Bryan Carmody's Case is a case of criminalizing journalism

New York, NY – May 23, 2019 – First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund is proud to announce that it is providing financial support for the legal defense of Bryan Carmody, the freelance journalist in San Francisco whose home was raided by police earlier this month.  

Carmody's First Amendment rights as a journalist have been violated by the San Francisco police, who raided his home, seized all of his electronic equipment, and took a police report that Carmody had obtained through his legitimate and professional work as a reporter. Worse, the San Francisco police chief held a press conference on Tuesday to insinuate that Carmody might be part of a "conspiracy" to leak the police report. 

"This is an attempt to criminalize journalism, and it cannot be allowed to stand," said James Risen, director of the First Look Press Freedom Defense Fund. "The San Francisco police are running roughshod over Bryan Carmody's First Amendment rights, and we are determined to support him." 

“What Mr. Carmody experienced should never have occurred — the seizure of his entire freelance news operation — it was a deliberate act designed to chill First Amendment protected activities.  We are proud to defend these rights,” wrote Thomas R. Burke, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. 

About the Press Freedom Defense Fund: 

The Press Freedom Defense Fund provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers who are targeted by powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest and necessary for a functioning democracy.

James Risen
Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

About the Press Freedom Defense Fund

The Press Freedom Defense Fund is part of First Look Media, the media company founded by Pierre Omidyar. The PFDF provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers who are targeted by powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest and necessary for a functioning democracy.

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