————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org August 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for immediate release of imprisoned freelance journalist News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at yesterday’s decision by San Francisco federal judge William Alsup to jail freelance journalist and blogger (The Revolution Will Be Televised) Josh Wolf for contempt of court after he refused to surrender his unedited video footage of of demonstrations in San Francisco in June 2005, against a G8 summit taking place in Scotland. Wolf was taken from the court to a federal prison in Dublin, California, after being denied bail. His lawyer intended to file an appeal today and to again request Wolf’s release on bail.“Sending this journalist to prison for protecting his material is both a serious violation of press freedom and a negation of the US constitution’s First Amendment,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists are not supposed to be judicial auxiliaries or police auxiliaries.” Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by a San Francisco federal judge’s decision to hold journalist and blogger Josh Wolf in contempt of court because he refused to surrender unpublished video footage. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The press freedom organisation continued: “It is becoming urgent that the free flow of information bills that were presented to the US senate and house of representatives should be debated and adopted, as they uphold this privilege for the press. This would fill the legal void that exists at the federal level, where there is no recognition of this right although it is accepted by 32 states.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Wolf’s absurd and disproportionate imprisonment violates the American Convention on Human Rights, which stipulates that journalists have the right not to disclose their sources. We call for his immediate release.”Wolf’s unedited video footage was subpoenaed by a grand jury because investigators think it showed a police car being deliberately set on fire. Wolf denies having any such footage. Taking care to say that he was not attacking the confidentiality of sources, Judge Alsup ruled yesterday that Wolf was in contempt of court because the government’s right to see his video footage was more important than the protection he enjoys under the constitution. Aged 24, Wolf will remain in prison until he agrees to hand over his footage or until the grand jury’s term expires in July 2007.Wolf’s lawyer, Jose Luis Fuentes, told Reporters Without Borders that the judge refused to look at the video footage in question during yesterday’s hearing, saying this was the grand jury’s job. The also judge said there was no federal shield law that exempted journalists from participating in a grand jury investigation.The case came before the federal judicial authorities for the sole reason that it was a federal vehicle that was set on fire. If the state of California authorities had brought proceedings against Walsh, he would have had complete protection. Instead, he was subject to federal law which, paradoxically, affords less protection.Wolf’s case highlights the precarious status of journalists in the United States and recalls the case of Vanessa Leggett, who spent 168 days in detention in 2001 and early 2002 for contempt of court after refusing to surrender her notes to a grand jury, and was freed only when the grand jury investigation ended. She could be questioned and arrested again if the investigation was ever reopened. News Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more
News Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News News October 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iraqi woman journalist shot dead in Baghdad IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out more to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the fatal shooting yesterday in Baghdad of Iraqi TV journalist Liqaa Abdul-Razzaq in what “once again bears the hallmarks of an execution.” An interpreter and the driver of the taxi she was travelling in were also killed in the same shooting, while a woman friend was wounded.”We are outraged by what appears to have been a targeted killing designed to intimidate the entire press and we call on the authorities to carry out a rapid and thorough investigation to identify those responsible and prevent this kind of tragedy continuing,” the organisation said.It also reiterated the principle that “journalists are neutral observers whose work must be protected and respected in order to ensure that news reporting is as free and thorough aspossible.”Abdul-Razzak was travelling in the taxi with her friend and the interpreter when it was fired on by unidentified gunmen. Abdel-Razak, the interpreter and the taxi-driver all died on the spot. The injured friend was rushed to hospital but quickly left for fear of being followed there and killed.Abdel Salam Dhari, a journalist with the TV station Al-Iraqiya, said Abdel-Razak was on her way to the US base of Eskania in the Al-Saydia district south of Baghdad on personal business. Her husband, who was murdered two months ago, worked as an interpreter for the US army.Abdel-Razak had been working for the past month for the Iraqi TV station Al-Sharqiya, which is part of the Al-Zaman press group. She also had a contract with the US-financed TV station Al-Iraqiya. She had just given birth to a daughter and had a 6-year-old son.Iraq continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for the news media. At least 30 journalists and 15 other media workers have been killed there since the start of the war in March 2003. The number of journalists and media workers killed since the start of 2004 is 30, of whom 24 were Iraqis.