WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is “toughening” up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters’ phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge the government’s planned action, the Associated Press reports.

DOJ to Toughen Up Guidelines Relating to Criminal Investigations Into Media

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The official said the department also is raising the standard for search warrants used to gather reporters’ email.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the guidelines, which have not yet been publicly released.

The changes follow disclosures that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly obtained some emails of a Fox News journalist.

President Barack Obama ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to review the policy the Justice Department uses to obtain such material.

 

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