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SF Video Journalist Held In Contempt
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS) -- A free-lance journalist has been jailed for refusing to give a grand jury notes and video footage shot during a protest.
Josh Wolf captured portions of a demonstration in San Francisco’s Mission District on July 8, 2005 against the G8 Summit then taking place in Scotland. His attorney argued that Wolf was protected by the first amendment and that his obligation to protect confidential sources outweighed the grand jury’s need to examine the video.
Several civil liberties and journalism advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Without Borders, and the National Lawyers Guild have criticized the U.S. Attorney's office for improperly using the grand jury. They believe Wolf's case is part of growing trend of federal prosecutors forcing journalists to disclose confidential sources and unpublished material.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has scheduled a vote for later today on a resolution that would condemn the actions of the federal government in building its case.