ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 30, 1978
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(Studio) Slander suits against reporters in USSR , Harold Piper and Craig Whitney, reported as warning against dissident movement rpting.
(Moscow, USSR ) Details of situation given. Film shown. Reporters work for "New York Times" and "Baltimore Sunday" Correspondents slated to meet judge Monday; trial said set for July 7. [PIPER - tells of judge's attitude.] [WHITNEY - considers not participating in trial.] Situation said considered political, not legal.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer
(DC) Problems caused ABC reporter Charles Bierbauer noted, especially Bierbauer coverage of Muhammad Ali's visit to USSR . Film of Ali meeting with Leonid Brezhnev shown. [BIERBAUER - by telephone, tells of Ali interview, and question raised with regard to Ali's reaction to Brezhnev and reaction to Mecca visit. Considers criticism of himself in light of Piper and Whitney situation. Chgs. intimidation effort.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(NYC) Ali interview introduction
(Pottsdown, Pennsylvania) [ALI - says Bierbauer kept him on spot during USSR visit with questioning seemingly designed to make Ali say wrong thing.]
REPORTER: Bill Stewart