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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Werfnew'oy, Dumber 27, 1972 THI LfTHMlDSE HERALD National controversy caused by police raid on monthly publication Bv ALVIN SHUSTER The incident has stirred a na- in parliamentary exchanges, is [much more stringent legal res-j sources, dramatically illustrates that the piece was prejudicial information wss given in con- United States following tte V__L. no-jr thfl. in a invnivinff fraintfi than their in' the differences. Durine the to the defendants and hence in Odence. preme Court decision noldinj! By ALVIN SHUSTER New York Times Service LONDON Four weeks ago, two Scotland Yard men walked into the offices of tae Railway Gazette, an obscure monthly with a circulation of Pro- ducing a search warrant, they proceeded to spend nearly three hours opening filling cabinets and desks for clues on a leak of a government document on pro- posed changes in the country's rail network. tional controversy, raising new questions about the relationship between the government and the press. Members of Parlia- ment and the press described the latest in a series involving the press here. The Sunday Times, which published the rail report, was recently stopped by a court from printing a long the search as a sinister on thalidomide, a drug to the freedom of the press, j that had produced deformed And Richard Hope, the Gaz- j children taken by preg- ette's editor, charged two -weeks nant women, on grounds that ago that his telephone had been it might influence negotiations bugged by the police. j settlement of a suit for dam- The dispute, which has by the drugs' victims. involved Prime Minister Heath' British editors operate under [much more stringent legal res- traints than their colleagues in the United States. There is no written constitution, for exam- ple, that guarantees the free- dom of the press. Libel laws, the rules of con- tempt, the -claims of parliamen- tary privilege, the laws cover- ing secrets, are all much tough- ler in Britain. The case of William Fair, the Los Angeles journalist jailed 'for refusing to reveal his sources, dramatically illustrates the differences. During the Charles Hanson murder trial in 1970, be published an article that one of the Manson "fami- ly" had confessed to a plan to kill Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor afld Frank Sinatra. Farr then refused to reveal who had given him the information. In Britain, Farr or his editor would probably have been ar- rested within an hour after the story was published on grounds to the defendants and hence contempt of court. Reporters here may ooJy report what is said at a trial If Farr had been called be- fore a court here to reveal his no doubt about the outcome. He would either have talked or gone to jail. There is no legal precedent in Britain to protect The dispute over the Gazette raid, which Heath defended in the House of Commons, also underscores the restraints on documents get out without a minister's approval that the cir- culation of one stirs a massive inquiry. Against this background, Bri- tish editors are viewing with ex- a newsman who claims that his itreme interest the events in the United States foHowieg the Su- preme Court decision holding that the first amendment did not exempt journalists from the obligation to testify before grand juries. "We regret we see going on said Anthony Howard, a former Washington correspondent and now the edi- tor of the New Statesman "Fve i always felt it was far easier to be a reporter in Washington than in London. Values Effective Til Closing Saturday 30, 72. L-Mart... with three stores to serve you 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive "COLLEGE MALL" SHOPPING CENTRE 420 6th Street South 'Downtown' 324 Mayor Magrath Drive Daily 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 9 p.m. Ail L-Mart Stores will be dosed Monday, January I, 1973 vuiuv? err veil vv Tii Closing Saturday, December 30, 72. YOUNG Canada Grade A Beef CHUCK OR ROUND BONE SHOULDER ROASTS Canada Grade 16 to 20 Ib. av... Canada Grade A 20 Ibs. and over.. Ib. SMOKED Canada Grade A 10 to 16 Ib. av.... Ib. COOKED HAMS Ready to Serve Whole, Half or Quarter Ib Sausage Meat 49' Premium "Ideal for poultry dressing" 1-lbt pkg, All Lethbridge UMarfs also featuring a large selection of Premium Cheddar Cheese Mild CANADA PACKERS UKRAINIAN STYLE Garlic Sausage Ib. 79 SHRIMP Gold Seal Cocktoi! 5-fl. oz. tin for JELL-0 JELLY POWDERS Assorted Flavours 3-oz. pkgs. for ;