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Whitney / Piper / US-USSR Relations #258816

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 1978
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(Studio) Moscow, USSR , conviction of reporters for slander noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(No location given) Show-trial atmosphere of court proceedings detailed; film shown. Refusal of Craig Whitney, of "New York Times", and Hal Piper, of "Baltimore Sun", to participate noted. Judge's reading of reporters' statements and attack by prosecutor reported Testimony by Zviad Gamsakhurdia authenticating
REPORTER: Bernard Redmont

his filmed confession noted; film shown. Court verdict and penalties reported Possible consequences if reporters don't pay fines and print retractions listed. Is noted as 1st time American journalists tried for articles published outside Soviet Union. Purpose of trial noted as warning to West correspondents.

(Studio) "New York Times" and "Baltimore Sun" reactions reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Craig Whitney reported to defend article quoting Gamsakhurdia's relatives. [WHITNEY - states his coverage of incident was fair.] Piper quoted with regard to harassment upon return to USSR . Film shown. ["Baltimore Sun" pub. Don. PATTERSON - comments on purpose of trial.] State Department response noted as mild. State Department spokesperson Tom Reston quoted with regard to US actions. Mtg. between State Department and National Security Council reported Representatives of Tass reported summoned to State Department with regard to bureau in San Francisco.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) White House reaction to convictions reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) President Carter's decision to cancel sale of Sperry Univac computer to USSR reported; President also ordered all oil technology and equipment placed on Commodities Control [sic] list. Effects explained. President's actions noted as response to Shcharansky trial as well as trial of 2 American reporters President's economy measures said to provide flexibility in dealings with USSR .
REPORTER: Ed Bradley

Bradley, Ed;
Kalb, Bernard;
Mudd, Roger;
Redmont, Bernard

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