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Freedom of Press / Newsmen Jailed #490248

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 03, 1976
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(Studio) 4 "Fresno" (California) "Bee" reporters go to jail for refusing to name news source with regard to grand jury indictment of local civic officials.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Fresno, California) Managing editor George Gruner, former city editor James Bort and reporters Bill Patterson and Joe Rosato booked for contempt of court [GRUNER - says courts intend to punish them for protecting public's right to know and protecting their source. Calls jailing act reminiscent of medieval times; says reporters being held hostages until they crack, but they won't do so.] Reporter notes attitude at newspaper office. 4 are locked up for indefinite period.
REPORTER: Ray Cullen

Brinkley, David;
Cullen, Ray

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