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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) welcomed the release last week of a blogger who had spent more time in jail than any other journalist in the United States because he wanted to protect his sources.

Californian video journalist and blogger Josh Wolf had been in prison since September 2006 - for 224 days - for refusing to surrender unedited video footage of a July 2005 protest in San Francisco against the G8 summit, and declining to testify to a grand jury investigating an attack on a police car during the demonstration.

On 3 April following a private mediation session, Wolf posted all of the video files on his website and promised to hand them over after obtaining assurance that he will not be compelled to testify before a federal court.

Although free expression groups welcomed his release, they deemed it a "half-victory" as Wolf was forced to disclose his materials in the end. RSF is calling on the U.S. Congress to adopt a federal shield law that will acknowledge the right of journalists to protect their sources.

Visit these links:
- CPJ alert and (audio) interview with Wolf on why he chose not to testify:
- RSF alert:
- The unaired footage on Wolf's website:
(10 April 2007)

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