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Supreme Court / Freedom of Press #223703

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 30, 1972
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(Studio) California Senator Alan Cranston introduced a bill giving newsmen the right to withhold information about their sources from federal authorities. Bill prompted by Supreme Court decision holding newsmen have no constitutional right to withhold such information from grand juries. New York "Times" especially concerned with ruling which overturned lower court decision on behalf of "Times" reporter Earl Caldwell who refused to be questioned on information given him by Black Panther Party
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York) Editors at New York "Times" worried about effects of Supreme Court's decision. Afraid both reporters and sources will be inhibited from pursuing sensitive stories. [National editor, Jene ROBERTS - says it's a great matter of pride to reporters to protect their sources.] Rel. between press and government may be changed. [Mng. editor, A.M. ROSENTHAL - says decision relates to whole atmosphere of free press.] "Times" plans to continue fighting thru courts and state and federal legislation to keep sources private.
REPORTER: Joel Blocker

Blocker, Joel;
Cronkite, Walter

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