The AP reports that the Society of Professional Journalists has donated $30,000 to help pay the legal fees of Josh Wolf, the freelance photographer who was jailed for refusing to give a federal grand jury outtakes of a video he shot of an anarchist protest in San Francisco where a police car was torched and an SFPD officer was injured. Wolf sold some of the video to San Francisco TV stations, but he suspects the grand jury wants the tape to identify people at the protest. Initially news organizations were reluctant to publicize Wolf’s case, much less contribute money to his defense fund. SPJ’s donation is a signal that the mainstream media has jumped in on Wolf’s behalf. Wolf has been held since Aug. 1 in a federal detention center in the East Bay city of Dublin. [PPC, July 27: SF Supes expected to back journalist facing jail] [PPC, Aug. 11: Jailed photographer gives interview] [PPC, Aug. 7: Support sought for jailed photographer] [PPC, Aug. 21: Josh Wolf defense fund collects $1,200]

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