The Press: Threats to Freedom

One of Watergate's many side effects has been to evict from the public's attention the figure of the beleaguered reporter languishing in jail for refusing to name his news sources. The investigative reporter triumphant has replaced him and the controversy over disclosing confidential information has shifted from newsmen's notebooks to the Oval Office tapes. But this triumph is illusory. Across the country, reporters, editors and publishers still face a variety of judicial and legislative attacks that threaten basic press freedom.

The Supreme Court last month declined to hear an appeal of contempt citations...

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