Associated Press president and chief executive officer Gary B. Pruitt was honored Thursday night for his battle against the Justice Department's secretly obtaining records of more than 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and its journalists. Pruitt was named a "constitutional champion" by The Constitution Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works for criminal justice reform and "consensus-based solutions" to constitutional problems. As a result of protests by the AP and others, the Justice Department adopted new guidelines that increased protections for journalists.
Accepting the award, Pruitt said the episode had helped . . .
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