Jailing journalists and/or bloggers is bad news

posted by Jeff | Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 12:20 PM | comments: 2

Refusing to offer testimony in a criminal investigation, citing his right to protect sources, blogger Josh Wolf was tossed in jail by a judge for contempt of court, and could spend a year there. That's disturbing.

For all of the crap that goes on with our government, our saving grace is that people can watch to make sure naughty things aren't going on. When you do something like this, you create a chilling effect, and when you create a chilling effect, the government can get away with stuff that is not in our best interest as a free nation. It's a slippery slope.

It'd be nice if the ACLU actually did something useful for a change and helped this guy out.


Comments

guts, August 2, 2006, 11:31 PM #

Nah! The ACLU has better things to do like suing amusement parks because their employees don't want to cut their hair.

phantomtails, August 3, 2006, 3:35 AM #

...or filing lawsuits on behalf of the bastards who go to soldier's funerals in order to state that our troops are being killed because America supports homosexuals. I don't know why an organization that promotes civil liberties would go and fight to give a *hate group* free speech rights.


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