Reporter Josh Wolf Freed
04 Apr 2007 19:41 GMT
On April 3rd, independent reporter Josh Wolf was freed from federal custody after spending 7 1/2 months in prison for failing to turn over video footage to a federal grand jury. The unedited video was the target of the federal grand jury subpoena that caused him to be held at the federal holding facility, in Dublin, CA for over 226 days, a record amount of time for any journalist in U.S. history. That morning, Josh wrote on his blog, "During the course of this saga I have repeatedly offered to allow a judge to be the arbiter over whether or not my video material has any evidentiary value. Today, you the public have the opportunity to be the judge and I am confident you will see, as I do, that there is nothing of value in this unpublished footage."
A rally and press conference was held at 5pm on the steps of SF City Hall.
Read More: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Josh Wolf's 7/8/05 Unedited Video | PDF of Release Order | Josh Wolf interviewed by Amy Goodman on April 4th
Josh's Blog | Free the Media | Wikipedia: Josh Wolf Indybay's Past Coverage of Josh Wolf's Case: March 2007: Josh Captured on Video | February 2007: Judge abruptly sends case to U.S. Magistrate | February 2007: Press Conference and Fundraiser | November 2006: Josh to Stay in Prison | November 2006: Grand Jury Resisters Honored | September 2006: Josh Headed Back to Federal Prison | August 2006: Josh Wolf Released | August 2006: Grand Jury Resistance Project Calls for Support | July 2006: Josh Jailed For Refusal to Hand Over Video of Protest | April 2006: SF Grand Jury Targets G8 Protest And Independent Journalist