[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2007, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
US reporter ends record jail term
Josh Wolf from joshwolf.net
Josh Wolf had recorded footage of a G-8 summit protest
A reporter in California has been freed after serving 226 days - the longest jail time served in US history for failing to hand over information.

Joshua Wolf, 24, reached a deal with prosecutors by posting online the videotape of a street rally he had refused to give to authorities.

The footage was of violent protests in San Francisco against a G-8 summit.

On 7 February, Wolf passed the 168 days Houston freelancer Vanessa Leggett served in 2001/02 on similar charges.

Fractured skull

Wolf had refused a subpoena to hand over the whole of his tape to police.

You will see, as I do, that there is nothing of value in this unpublished footage
Josh Wolf

A police car was burned and an officer suffered a fractured skull in the violence against the summit which was being held in Scotland at the time.

The video footage Wolf posted on Tuesday did not feature any criminal acts.

Wolf's lawyer Martin Garbus said: "Josh has released the videotape on his website and a copy has been sent to the district attorney. He had refused to identify anyone in the videotape."

On his website, Wolf says he repeatedly offered to allow a judge to view the unpublished footage but was refused.

"Today, you the public have the opportunity to be the judge and I am confident you will see, as I do, that there is nothing of value in this unpublished footage."

Although Californian laws protect journalists from revealing material, prosecutors successfully argued federal money helped pay for the police car, thus making it a federal case.

US journalist in record jail term
07 Feb 07 |  Americas
US CIA case reporter will testify
30 Sep 05 |  Americas
US reporter jailed in CIA trial
06 Jul 05 |  Americas
US reporters fined over spy case
19 Aug 04 |  Americas
Q&A: US media freedom case
06 Jul 05 |  Americas

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific