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Saturday, August 26, 2006


Journalists Help Jailed Colleague

Journalists attending the SPJ National Conference and Convention in Chicago donated $950 during a luncheon Friday to help jailed journalist Joshua Wolf, who was sent to prison on Aug. 1 by a federal judge. Wolf was jailed for refusing to turn over video he took of a violent protest. The $950 is intended to help cover Wolf's personal expenses.

SPJ is continuing to collect the cash donations throughout the convention, so the total is expected to increase before the final session Sunday.

On Wednesday, SPJ awarded a $30,000 grant to help finance Wolf's legal fees. The grant is more than double the largest grant ever awarded by SPJ. In addition, SPJ negotiated with Wolf's counsel to ensure that legal fees would be capped at $60,000 and that Wolf's family would not be held responsible for the expense.

— TJ Sullivan
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