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Freedom of Press / Fresno Four #45329

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) 4 eds. and reporters for "Fresno (California) Bee" go to court today to seek release from indeterminate jail sentence for contempt. Were put in jail earlier in month for refusing to name source of secret grand jury transcript obtained by paper.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Fresno, California) Support from local groups, incling. Fresno city cncl., noted; have also received national attention in case. 1 of 4 is asked what they'll tell court. ["Fresno Bee" mging. editor George GRUNER - says they'll try to convince court they'll never talk.] Court proceedings before Judge Hollis Best noted. Fresno psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Levy, testifies for 4; says he believes reporters would commit emotional and professional suicide to tell source. "Los Angeles Times" Washington, DC Bureau chief Jack Nelson says protecting sources is essential jnlistic. ethic. All 4 defendants, Joe Rosato, James Bort, George Gruner, William Patterson, make clear they prefer prison to revealing source.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer Artist: David Rose

Reporter(s):
Geer, Stephen;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:01:50

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