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Sunday, February 11, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

page Seven

THE MICHIGAN DAiLY Page Seven

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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

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Branzburg: Reporter under, fire

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fective news gatherers would be
destroyed if they betrayed confi-
dential sources by testifying. They
also claim disclosure of news
sources made them agents of gov-
ernment investigator.
Although Branzburg still faces
extradition back to Kentucky to
serve his six monthasentencerhe
continues to work at the Free
Press as an investigative report-
er.
Only recently he completed a
story made possible by a confi-
dential source. The work led to an
expose' of a re-zoning of property
initiated by the mayor of Taylor,
Michigan.
Branzburg said without the
source, the information regarding
the mayor's involvement as a sec-
ret partner in an organization in-
terested in the rezoned property

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Office of Financial Aid Announces . .
Applications For Aid Will Be
Available As Follows:
Spring-Summer 1973-February 12, 1973
Fall-Winter 1973-74
FIRST-TIME STUDENTS-February 12, 1973
RENEWALS (for people who have aid now)-March 1, 1973
Foreign Students for 1973-74-February 12, 1973

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Foreign Students-March 31, 1973
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would never have come to light; ing to Branzburg, because confi- ' ple are on the side of the report-
the story would never have been dentiality of sources is the essence ers, not the government. But the
printed nor the mayor's unethical of investigative reporting. Branz- press isn't all that excited about
involvement exposed. burg gave an example of how the the issue. It's amazing how little
Being closer to the whole issue controversy over confidentiality coverage the Supreme Court de-
of privilege and confidential sourc- has already begun to "dry up" cision got," said Branzburg.
es than most reporters Branzburg sources. He feels the media's reaction
is particularly incensed with the "I was talking to a middle-level was due more to ignorance than
recent flurry of subpoenas, grand heroin dealer in Detroit. I needed disinterest; they just didn't know
juries, and contempt charges. some information for a story. The what the decision involved.
"Freedom of the press just dealer said you've convinced me "It was an abstraction, and the
doesn't mean the freedom to pub- you're not an undercover cop, and press tends to cover events. So
lish, it also means the freedom to you're a reporter who has a his- when Peter Bridge went to jail,
gather the news; what's the free- tory of not talking, but that's not that was an event, you can take
dom to publish worth if you can't good enough for me. a picture of it, something hap-
gather the news? I can't gather Because you don't have any right pened, it's a story.
the news unless I have confiden- to refuse to talk to those guys, and The press goes for that, so it got
tial sources," Branzburg said. they might put you in jail, and you a lot more attention in the papers
He said the Supreme Court's de- might get raped, you might get rather than the Supreme Court de-
cision in his case last June was an beaten; who knows what's going to cision which put him in jail.
"uIt' n cson.because I disagree happen to you in that jail. The major failing of the Aei-
wIts threultb because ofdis te You just might not like cock- can press as Branzburg sees it is
with the result, but because of the roaches and want to get out of that that it's not aggressive enough in
way they come to the conclusions investigative reporting. To him, na
they did - it wasn't a sound de- zoo,kand then you might start t vestigative reporting im na-
Y tional investigative reporting is the
cision. It said that judges don't thinking of snitching. I'll know if Journalistic pinnacle something
really understand what the needs you start thnuki ed befo e you ean he'd rather do than be the publish-
of the press are. They don't under- I' et out er of the New York Times.
stand how many stories are basedg g "I've been told by reporters in
on confidential information," said I don't want to have tohkill you, Washington," he said, "that the
Branzburg. So why should I take the risk of ' whole Bobby Baker scandal was
"The court's decision discour- you having to go to jail?" Branz- known to Washington reporters
ages investigative reporting. I had burg added this was a good argu- years before it broke but nobody
an idea for a story about crime ment for why there has to be an took the two months it would have
in Detroit a few weeks ago. My absolute privilege rather than a taken to prove it, put it together
editors said it was a great story, i qualified privilege, because sources and blow the guy to hell," said
but that I would get subpoenaed, want an absolute guarantee that Branzburg.
so I shouldn't do the story be- they're protected. "Anytime you go to eat at the
cause it wasn't worth the prison According to Branzburg, the Washington Press Club you hear
sentence. media's reaction to the govern- ' all these easy Pulitzer prizes, but
If I were an editor I'd be think- ment's recent onslaught on news , nobody's doing anything. They'd
ing the same thing myself. Some sources should be to use more rather be trailing after the presi-
newspapermen just don't consider stories based on confidentiality dent on a trip to China saying 'hey
it part of their profession to sit whenever necessary. He said jok- I look at me'," he added.
in jail for six months," Branzburg ingly that it might be good to have If extradited to Kentucky to
said. another couple. of dozen reporters serve his six month sentence for
The most important journalism in jail. contempt of court, Branzburg says
is based on confidentiality accord- "The Gallup Poll shows the peo- he will appeal. If he loses the ap-
--~_peal he said he will go back to
Kentucky and will go to jail where
he will sit until they let him out.
LIBERATION STRUGGLE
IN BRAZIL
A FILM
"NO TIME FOR TEARS"
Recounts the ordeals of 9 released Brazilian pol-
tical prisoners, their imprisonment and torture. 3o1 SPECIAL
A DISCUSSION WITH JOURNEY TO IXTLAN
JEAN MARC von der WEID=r
Elected President Brazilian National Students Union,.
1969, detained and tortured by police for 1 years
until released with 69 other prisoners in exchange
for the Swiss Ambassador in 1971.
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NOON: lunch and discussion at International Center
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