What: Free Josh Wolf Event
When: Thursday, December 7th 2006, 7:30
Where: Balazo Gallery, 2183 Mission Street @18th, 415-255-7227 ALL AGES
FREE JOSH WOLF!
On December 7th journalists, activists, and local leaders will convene to call upon the United States Government to free Josh Wolf from "coercive custody." Josh is a San Francisco free-lance journalist being held for his refusal, based on journalistic principles, to turn over to a federal grand jury his news footage from a July 2005 protest. Free press advocates from around the world have called his incarceration unjust and a grave violation of the freedom of the press.
He is well on his way to becoming the longest incarcerated journalist in US history. His case has prompted the international free press watchdog group Reporters Without Borders to lower the United States' ranking for press freedom nine points to 53rd in the world.
For his commitment to journalistic freedom Josh Wolf has just received the 2006 Journalist of the Year Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. On this occasion he was praised by Assemblyman Mark Leno who commended his "courageous dedication to protecting freedom of the press in our country."
Please join the San Francisco community in supporting Josh Wolf and demanding that Congress pass a Federal Shield Law protecting journalists and freedom of the press. For more information about Josh Wolf go to www.joshwolf.net or contact Andy Blue at [email protected].
Speakers to Include:
Mark Leno, California State Assemblyman
Bruce Bruggman, Editor/Publisher San Francisco Bay Guardian
David Greene, Executive Director, The First Amendment Project
Chris Daly, SF Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi, SF Supervisor
Jane Kim, SF School Board Commissioner Elect
Sarah Olson, radio producer and independent journalist
Kevin Epps, Filmmaker (Straight Outta Hunters Point)
SF Bay Guardian
League of Young Voters
Reporters Without Borders
Added by boxheather on November 22, 2006