Jailed Blogger Josh Wolf Uploads Video, is Free

After 226 days in federal prison, and nearly two weeks after his father began a “non-stopvigil, Josh Wolf is free.

Wolf was jailed for longer than any journalist in U.S. history for protecting source material requested by the feds. Wolf refused to turn over video he shot of a chaotic 2005 San Francisco street protest during the G-8 summit. The courts issued him a subpoena after parts of the video (originally posted at IndyBay) were picked up by the mainstream media.

After posting the full, unedited video on his Web site (also embedded below), the prosecution announced that Wolf had complied with the terms of the grand jury subpoena, and the judge approved his release.

“Journalists absolutely have to remain independent of law enforcement,’ he said as he left the prison. “Otherwise, people will never trust journalists.’

In his post accompanying the video (which he uploaded to Blip.tv), Wolf wrote:

During the course of this saga I have repeatedly offered to allow a judge to be the arbiter over whether or not my video material has any evidentiary value. Today, you the public have the opportunity to be the judge and I am confident you will see, as I do, that there is nothing of value in this unpublished footage.

Danny Schechter Blogging From Al Jazeera Forum

Awesome liveblogged posts from Danny Schechter this weekend, straight from Doha. Thanks for bringing us all to the AJ forum in a land far away. Today’s post features an excellent exchange involving Lawrence Lessig and Ethan Zuckerman on the future of media. Yesterday’s post starred Sy Hersh and others. Must reads.

The 3-day forum was titled “Media and the Middle East: Beyond the Headlines” and there’s more coverage at the Association for International Broadcasting.