Law: Nothing to Retract

The two accused American newsmen passed up their own trial; a movie projector sat where defendants normally do in the seedy Moscow courtroom. While Craig Whitney of the New York Times and Harold Piper of the Baltimore Sun vacationed in the U.S. last week, Soviet Judge Lev Almazov ruled that they had disseminated "libelous information denigrating the honor" of Soviet TV employees. Specifically, they had quoted sources doubting the authenticity of a dissident's confession broadcast on Soviet TV.

The newsmen chose to protect their sources rather than respond in person to charges they...

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