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Re: “Josh Wolf says Josh Wolf is a Journalist. Others Not So Sure

I don't pretend to be an objective source, being Josh's mom, but as Lisa Chung said last night at the SPJ dinner, and this may not be an exact quote, but the essence, "You can debate all you want about whether Josh Wolf is a journalist, but he's in jail for committing journalism." The US Attorney's office succeeded in moving this state police issue to a federal court based on an "alleged attempted arson of a police car" from an organization that receives federal funding. However, when one examines the police report there was no fire or burn damage to the car and no documentation of any attempted fire. The car suffered a broken tail light. The only person injured in Josh's video, and this is on the published version, is Gabe Myers, a young, soft spoken protestor who was being choked by an SFPD officer. At issue here is whether or not the US Government can use trumped up charges to get something into federal court, knowing that California Shield Law would protect Josh's unpublished footage. I truly believe the intent of the government is to start a witch hunt for anarchists, (anyone remember the commie witch hunts of the 50's and 60's) and to show that they are "doing something about terrorism". It's a whole lot easier to target protestors in San Francisco and put a 24 year old recent college graduate in jail than it is to find Bin Laden and arrest him.

Posted by Liz Wolf-Spada on 11/10/2006 at 2:46 PM

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