NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 18, 1973
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(Studio) Senator opens important hearings this week on freedom of press.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(DC) Much news comes from official briefings like those from White House, Pentagon, etc. Often, however, official story isn't whole story, and most impt. information comes from unofficial sources who wish to remain anonymous. Until Supreme Court ruled otherwise, reporters could refuse to reveal identity of sources. Now reporters can be and have been jailed for refusal to identify news sources to courts and grand juries. [Los Angeles "Times" reporter Ronald OSTROW - tells of example in which news source decided against giving reporter details of story for fear reporter might have to reveal the name of the source.] House subcommittee considering numerous bills to help restore reporters' rights. [Representative Peter RODINO - says effective shield law a must for 93rd Congress] [Assistant Attorney General Roger CRAMTON - says Justice Department opposes legislature shielding reporters Feels guidelines established by Attorney General adequate protection for reporters]
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
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