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February 13, 2007

New Feature: Hero of the Week, 2007-02-11

Filed under: Hero of the Week — crcb @ 1:44 am

Mood: Ebulliently apropos

In an attempt to prod myself into blogging at least once a week, I’m instituting a new feature. Each week, I’ll bring to your attention one person who, in my opinion, deserves respect and possibly aid or support.

This week’s hero is imprisoned U.S. journalist Josh Wolf. He’s broken the record for the longest detention of a journalist, at 170+ days and counting. His crime: returning to turn over video footage of a tussle between anarchists and police in San Francisco.

I have to admit, I’m ambivalent about his withholding the footage, suspect though the government’s motives are in requesting it. What’s of more matter, though, is the government’s tack: they claim he’s not entitled to the protections due to journalists, because he is “a journalist only in his own imagination.” As Mr. Wolf says, if the state is in the business of certifying journalists, how far are we from state-sponsored journalism? (I should note that Mr. Wolf has won journalism awards.)

There’s an interview with Josh Wolf on Democracy Now. His own site is at www.joshwolf.net.

Bonus heroes: Molly Ivins, The Dixie Chicks

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