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“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”     C. S. Lewis

February 7, 2007

More Chinese Censorship?

by Brad Warbiany

From WaPo:

A freelance videographer, jailed for refusing to turn over footage of a demonstration to state investigators. The incarceration has become widely publicized as Chinese authorities search for his footage.

Jin-Hua Tseng, 24, has spent 169 days in a Beijing prison after declining to reveal the location of unaired videotape he shot of a chaotic July 2005 protest in Shanghai against China’s treatment of the Falun Gong movement. A police officer suffered a fractured skull and a police car was vandalized during the melee.

Ohh, wait.

That wasn’t in China, where state authorities won’t blink before throwing you in jail for 169 days. This is in the US:

A freelance videographer, jailed for refusing to turn over footage of a demonstration to federal investigators, became the longest-incarcerated journalist in U.S. history Tuesday.

Josh Wolf, 24, has spent 169 days in a federal prison after declining a federal subpoena for unaired videotape he shot of a chaotic July 2005 protest in San Francisco against the Group of Eight summit in Scotland. A police officer suffered a fractured skull and a police car was vandalized during the melee.

“The longest-incarcerated journalist in U.S. history”? Seeing that mark crossed is not a good sign for the future.


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