IAPA to USA: Free Josh Wolf, and Stop Subpoenaing Reporters

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By: E&P Staff

At its just-concluded mid-year meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, Inter American Press Association (IAPA) delegates approved a resolution calling for the immediate release of imprisoned blogger and videographer Joshua Wolf, and condemning the growing number of subpoenas against U.S. journalists.

IAPA said the imprisonment of Wolf and use of subpoenas to try to force testimony of San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams violates the Declaration of Chapultepec, a press freedom document created by IAPA. Numerous heads of state in the hemisphere have signed the declaration including U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1995.

Wolf has now been in jail longer than any journalist in U.S. history for refusing to comply with a subpoena to turn over videotapes he shot of a 2005 protest at the G8 Summit in San Francisco.

IAPA says the imprisonment violates principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec, which reads: “Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly”

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