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Blogger jailed by US federal court August 2, 2006

Posted by rajAT in blog, bloggers, jail, josh wolf.
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The New York Times reports today what may be the first case of a blogger jailed by a US federal court for not handing over sources or source materials for a story – a case that will raise no end of questions about the rights, responsibilities, and protections of citizens acting as journalists.

Josh Wolf, a 24-year-old blogger and freelancer, had shot video of a San Francisco protest over the 2005 meeting of the G8 in Scotland. Violence ensued, a police officer’s skull was fractured, and authorities say a smoke bomb or firework was put under a police car. Wolf sold some of his video to local TV stations and put more up on his blog. Prosecutors demanded that Wolf testify before a grand jury and hand over everything he shot. Wolf refused and, yesterday, a federal judge found him in contempt and sent him to prison, where he could stay until the grand jury’s term expires next summer. Soon after, a post appeared on his blog asking for donations, thoughts, and prayers under the headline, “Josh is in jail and this is his mom”.

[Via Buzzmachine]

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1. Ben Tremblay - August 5, 2006

Good to see that the word’s getting out … many grains of sand make a mighty dune!

Just to make it clearly known: Josh started a blog for updates at http://joshwolf.net/blog/ and we’re collecting news stories on his wiki at http://freejosh.pbwiki.com/

cheers

2. Ben Tremblay - August 5, 2006

p.s. I remember in the early days some of us were pressing hard to get an Indymedia setup in India. Did that come to pass?

namaste / salaam

3. rajAT - August 5, 2006

hi ben, thx for links. will check them out.

i am nt aware of indymedia here. but would love to know abt it.

thx


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