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Freedom of Press / Lawrence, Farr #18954

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 20, 1972
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(Studio) Washington, DC Bureau chief of Los Angeles "Times" jailed yesterday for refusal to disclose information with regard to Watergate bugging case. Today court says newsman, John Lawrence, can remain free until court rules on contempt citation.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Issue in case is whether judge can compel producing of unpublished material gathered by reporters William Farr of "Times" also sent to jail for same reason and is still there now. Farr refuses to disclose news source. [Director White House Communications Herbert KLEIN - says jailing of Farr bad since attys. who gave him information still free. Says Nixon regrets jailing.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) In Los Angeles, suit brought by 3 newsmen on Farr's behalf fails.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.
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00:02:30

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