Journalist's 169-Day Jail Stay Sets U.S. Record

Associated Press
Wednesday, February 7, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6 -- A freelance videographer, jailed for refusing to turn over footage of a demonstration to federal investigators, became the longest-incarcerated journalist in U.S. history Tuesday.

Josh Wolf, 24, has spent 169 days in a federal prison after declining a federal subpoena for unaired videotape he shot of a chaotic July 2005 protest in San Francisco against the Group of Eight summit in Scotland. A police officer suffered a fractured skull and a police car was vandalized during the melee.

In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that reporters are not entitled to withhold confidential sources or unpublished material in a grand jury investigation or criminal trial.

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