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Freedom of Press / Rehnquist / Newsmen Jailed #45528

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 03, 1976
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(Studio) Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist refuses to block jailing of 4 "Fresno" (California) "Bee" newspapermen until case can be heard by whole court later in fall. 4 had been fighting 16 mos. to keep from being jailed for refusing to name news source.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Fresno, California) 4 reporters turn selves in this morning. Had been held in contempt of court for refusing to name source in "Bee's" publisher of secret grand jury transcript. Reporters are Joe Rosato, William Patterson, city editor Jim Bort and managing editor George Gruner; to be jailed till they talk. [GRUNER - says they're being held hostage; feel no pressure to crack and have committed no crime.] Gruner says they're being punished for protecting public's right to know. [GRUNER - says attitude of 4 is common among newspeople; says they'll stay in jail as long as it takes cts. to recognize this; they'll never talk.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Smith, Howard K.

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