CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 03, 1978
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(Studio) Update on legal proceedings in Moscow against 2 American newspaper reporters chgd. with slander.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Moscow, USSR ) Statement by "New York Times" reporter Craig Whitney and "Baltimore Sun" reporter Hal Piper that they will no longer take part in any legal proceedings against them reported Details of statements released by 2 reporters to West newsmen given. [WHITNEY - details statement given to court] Possible conduct of trial without reporters and potential sentencing examined. [PIPER - says judge's delay in trial and his manner signal intention not to let case grow into US-USSR confrontation.] Beliefs of many newsmen and diplomats that USSR is conducting intimidation campaign in effort to impose censorship indirectly outlined.
REPORTER: Bernard Redmont
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