Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days Behind Bars

Josh Wolf, 24, has spent almost six months in jail. More time than any journalist in US history for protecting his sources. He was jailed on August 1st of last year when he refused to turn over video that he had shot of an anti-G8 demonstration in San Francisco to a federal grand jury.
[source interview] [josh wolf's blog]


Basically, the Federal Government is saying that it has the power to decide who is a journalist and who is not, despite how many traditional media outlets have given Mr. Wolf journalist awards. Who decides who is a journalist? The Government? That topic is broached here.

While Mr. Wolf sounds like the kind of anarchist I don't like, as a believer in liberty and freedom I don't think the government should have the right to round people up or dictate who is a journalist (and protected as such) and who is not. That borders on state-sanctioned journalism.

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