Student journalist sanctioned for covering protest

Josh Wolf A UC-Berkeley disciplinary panel has concluded that journalism student Josh Wolf should not have been inside Wheeler Hall on Nov. 20, 2009, during an 11-hour student occupation over tuition hikes even though, the panel acknowledged, he was filming the protest as a journalist. As Nanette Asimov of the Chronicle put it: Guilty verdicts for practicing journalism are the stuff of authoritarian nations and now, apparently, UC Berkeley. The panel ordered Wolf, who graduates today (May 7) with a

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Josh Wolf in trouble again

Josh Wolf, who served 226 days in prison for refusing to give federal authorities out-takes from the video of a San Francisco protest he shot, is now a journalism student at UC-Berkeley — and he’s in trouble again, the NY Times reports. Wolf was arrested in November inside Wheeler Hall, which had been occupied and barricaded by students protesting tuition hikes. Now he’s facing a seven-month academic suspension (and a 10-page essay). But Wolf says he entered the building as

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‘Pimp’ in Acorn videos slated to speak in SF

James O’Keefe, who posed as a pimp with Hannah Giles in videos they shot in Acorn offices, is scheduled to appear Monday (Feb. 1) at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to discuss undercover journalism in a conversation with Josh Wolf. There’s only one problem. O’Keefe and three others were arrested Monday for trying to tap the phones of Senator Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana. (Link to AP story.) O’Keefe is out on bond, but there’s no word about whether he can

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Josh Wolf mugged in San Francisco

Josh Wolf, who was jailed a record 226 days for protecting source materials, reports that he has now been mugged in San Francisco by an inmate he met in prison. Wolf printed an account of his Feb. 4 mugging in the Palo Alto Daily Post, where he works as a reporter. Wolf identified his attacker at Terrell Trammell, 28, who he met at the Dublin Federal Detention Center three years earlier. Wolf said he didn’t know why Trammell decided to

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Chronicle: Josh Wolf is a real journalist

[Full disclosure: The Press Club’s webmaster is Dave Price, an owner of the Daily Post.] When he went to prison for refusing to give law enforcement a videotape he made of a San Francisco political protest, journalists debated whether Josh Wolf was really a journalist. While Wolf was sitting in a federal prison, the Chronicle appeared to be more concerned about the fate of two of its reporters who might have to go to jail for refusing to say who

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Blogger Josh Wolf runs for mayor

Josh Wolf (pictured), the blogger and freelance news photographer who went to jail for 7 months for refusing to give law enforcement outtakes of a video he shot of a political protest, plans to run for mayor of San Francisco. If elected, Wolf, 25, said he plans to wear a video camera to broadcast mayoral business to the public. Wolf is one of 24 candidates who hope to defeat Gavin Newsom, who seeks re-election this fall. Wolf surrendered the videotape

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Josh Wolf case ‘a huge misunderstanding’

Josh Wolf’s “jailing looks like a huge misunderstanding, in which prosecutors assumed, incorrectly, that Wolf possessed relevant evidence, while Wolf believed, erroneously, that he had a responsibility to go to jail even if he had no relevant evidence,” says Peter Scheer. Scheer (pictured) — a lawyer, journalist and executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition — asks in a Chronicle op-ed whether Wolf’s imprisonment for 7 1/2 months was necessary. The Chron also gave space to Wolf, who argued

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Wolf to lobby Congress for shield law

Josh Wolf says he plans to go to Congress and lobby for a shield law that would protect bloggers and independent journalists as well as media employees. “We shouldn’t have government deciding who is or isn’t a journalist,” Wolf is quoted by the Chron as saying. He was released from prison after he agreed to give prosecutors the videotape they wanted, showing an anarchist protest in San Francisco. Wolf has also posted the entire tape on his blog. Meanwhile, the

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Wolf forms First Amendment group

Josh Wolf, a San Francisco freelance blogger and photographer who has been jailed for more than seven months because he won’t provide federal prosecutors with outtakes of a videotape he shot of an anarchist protest, is forming a group called Free the Media. In a letter to the Bay Guardian, Wolf says the group will “organize and agitate whenever and wherever the free-press guarantees under the Constitution are threatened.” The group, which will have an online presence, will explore “the

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