Blogger Josh Wolf now holds the troubling record as the longest-jailed journalist for contempt of court in recent American history.
Wolf, who is refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena for his testimony and video outtakes, has spent 169 days in a federal prison in California as of today. He has now spent more time behind bars than author/journalist Vanessa Leggett, who spent 168 days in a Texas federal prison for refusing to comply with a subpoena in 2001…
Local Australian journalists have paid special tribute to Wolf by completely avoiding any mention of his case. Some journalists — especially those associated with the liberal broadsheet The Age — have even gone so far as to actually join the police in an online ‘thug hunt’; Wolf’s refusal to act as an arm of the state obviously inciting local hacks to obey Murdoch’s Third Law: “For every action, there is a disproportionately hostile reaction.” In fact, while Crimestoppers has begun to remove images of those arrested (#1, #10, #13; #17 replaced by #28), The Age continues to provide a semi-eager public with images of all 28 ‘persons of interest’.
- According to Reporters sans frontières, in 2006, 81 journalists and 32 media assistants were killed, at least 871 were arrested, 1,472 were physically attacked or threatened, 56 kidnapped and 912 media outlets were censored.