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Whitney / Piper / USSR Trial #499758

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 1978
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(Studio) Guilty verdict by Moscow, USSR , court of slander by Craig Whitney, of "New York Times", and Harold Piper, of "Baltimore Sun", reported; penalties detailed.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Moscow, USSR ) Uniqueness of chgs. and trial noted; foreign coverage of trial reported Film shown. Chgs. listed. Articles by chgd. reporters, quoting relatives of dissident Zviad Gamsakhurdia detailed. Testimony by Gamsakhurdia, for the prosecution, quoted; film shown. Court ordered fines and retraction noted.

(NYC) Interview with Harold Piper on NBC's "Today" program shown. [PIPER - speaks of purpose of chgs. and trial.] "Baltimore Sun" publisher Don. Patterson quoted. [PATTERSON - comments on expected State Department action.] Whitney reported to hear news while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. [WHITNEY - looks forward to returning to Moscow.] "New York Times" editor Seymour Topping quoted with regard to fines.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt

(Studio) Report of Richard Valeriani with regard to State Department warning to USSR embassy press officer of possible closing of San Francisco Tass office.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Hunt, Richard;
Pell, Gene

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