Supporters of Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams have set up a Web site, http://markandlance.org/, to provide information about their case. The two reporters have been sentenced to 18 months in jail for refusing to identify the source of grand jury transcripts in the Barry Bonds steroids case, but remain free while their appeal is heard. The site is owned by “Sportswriters for Freedom of the Press” and it appears this group is led by Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times.
“This case is about their right and our right to resist a government subpoena in order to protect confidential sources,” the site’s home page says, “It’s about keeping a promise. This effort, born from their fight, is about spreading the word that this is one more case chipping away at the rights of a free press. That’s a threat to our society, not just our profession.”
The site gives ways people can support the two reporters (such as writing letters to Senators and members of Congress), bios on Williams and Fainaru-Wada, news stories about their case and updates on the progress of the federal shield law (it’s dead).
Freelance journalist Josh Wolf (pictured), who is currently jailed for refusing to surrender the video outtakes he shot of a San Francisco political protest, also has a Web site, www.joshwolf.net/blog/, where he has been keeping people up-to-date with his case.