A plea not to take free speech for granted

United States President Donald Trump and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey don't agree on much any more.

One of the more alarming sentiments they did share near the end of Mr Comey's chaotic tenure last year was an exchange in which Mr Trump suggested that journalists might talk about their sources "if they spent a couple of days in jail", according to a Comey memo released as part of his book tour. Mr Comey said he laughed at the suggestion.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'A plea not to take free speech for granted'. Print Edition | Subscribe