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NY Times Reporter Says the Obama Admin. Is the 'Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom' In a 'Generation

"...create a path for accepting reporting."

President Barrack Obama gestures as he speaks on stage during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

President Barack Obama's administration is the "greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in a generation," a New York Times reporter said over the weekend, according to a journalism news outlet.

Reporter James Risen — currently fighting the government in an effort to protect a confidential source — reportedly added that the administration wants to "narrow the field of national security reporting" to "create a path for accepting reporting."

Those who do not comply "will be punished," he reportedly said.

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The comments came were made during the Sources and Secrets conference in New York's iconic Times Center.

As Mediaite noted, earlier this year Times editor Jill Abramson said the Obama White House was the "most secretive" she's ever worked with.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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