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Vietnam / Fighting Lull / Pub. Jailed / POWs #6511

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 04, 1969
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(Studio) Least active Vietnam 4th of July since 1965. Fighting at Danang at low level. Fighting near Saigon Thursday; enemy gone today. Chief Saigon Daily News sentenced to 5 years jail for "actions detrimental to national order."
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saigon, South Vietnam) 1/2 Saigon's 25 dailies shut down for reasons. New laws to punish anyone who advocates neutrality or pushes for NLF coalition. Thieu has drive to foster party unity. Media ordered to refer to troop withdrawal as replacement. To government, means justify end.
REPORTER: Frank Mariano

(Studio) POWs remain unreleased because of bad weather preventing Laos plane from landing.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Mariano, Frank;
Smith, Howard K.

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