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Freedom of Press #25295

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 10, 1973
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(Studio) Last November 2 journalists from Louisiana cited for contempt for reporting court proceedings in murder case. Judge had forbidden them to report, but proceedings public so reporters ignored order. Appeals court today upholds contempt citations.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Reno, NV) Court and press conflict again in Reno. 2 years ago judge ordered that names of jurors not be published by reporters in order to ensure safety of jurors in murder trial. Reno papers obeyed order, but papers' publisher felt first amendment violated and took case to courts [Publisher Richard J. SCHUSTER - says papers must have freedom to publish important news.] [President Speidel Newspapers Rollan MELTON - says judges trying to reflect Nixon administration attitude-towards press.] Papers across nation increasingly under attack. Litigation lengthy and expensive and small papers like those in Reno have difficulty defending rights'.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reporter(s):
Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:03:50

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