News execs, Holder discuss subpoena issue

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder, news media executives say government officials expressed a commitment to changing guidelines governing issuing subpoenas in criminal investigations involving reporters.

The news executives made the comments after meeting with Holder and his aides.

The meeting took place following an outcry from news organizations over the Justice Department's secret gathering of some Associated Press reporters' phone records and the emails of a Fox News journalist.

Last week, President Barack Obama ordered a review of the Justice Department guidelines.

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, said the news executives told the department officials that reporters were concerned about using their email and office telephones.

The Associated Press didn't attend the meeting because it objected to the meeting being off the record.

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