Back in September we highlighted the legal situation video blogger, Josh Wolf, was in, because he refused to hand over video evidence to a federal court.
Facing contempt of court, Wolf was placed in a California jail and is now the longest-serving journalist behind bars in US history, for contempt, according to CNET.
Unfortunately, state laws can’t protect Wolf, as the case is a federal matter.
Wolf might normally be protected by California’s Shield Law. But federal prosecutors, who want to see if Wolf’s footage shows a San Francisco police car being set on fire at the protest, say they have jurisdiction over the case because the car was paid for in part by federal dollars. While many states have enacted shield laws to protect journalists from revealing confidential sources, notes and unpublished materials, there is no federal shield law to protect Wolf.
Wolf has the backing of many journalist and free speech groups, yet still remains behind bars. What’s up here? Is this just a stubborn blogger or someone standing up for journalistic integrity?