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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta RCMP probe of journalists confirmed, condemned Herald managing editor Don Pilling today-confirmed that one of his reporters was investigated by the RCMP. Mi> Pilling said he was approached by an RCMP officer from Calgary last summer and was told that reporter Warren Caragata "was under investigation." The Albertan today quotes a senior unnamed RCMP member- as saying Mr. Caragata, 23, and at least five other Southern Alberta jour- nalists are being investigated by the Security Services Section the force's intelligence division. Three of the other newsmen named were former Calgary Herald city editor Bob Parkins and labor reporter Bill Boei, now both working for the weekly newspaper Sunday, and Bob Bragg, the Calgary Herald's labor reporter. Two others remain unidentified. V M. Seppala, assistant commissioner of the RCMP in charge of K Division told The Albertan that he could not confirm the report "because we don't single out anyone we may look at because of politics, race or religion. We look at the cross- section of people. Security risks But we are not at liberty to disclose this material unless vie prefer charges in open court." However, Mr. Pilling said today, that he was, in fact, approached twice by the RCMP about the Caragata investigation. During his first conversation with the RCMP officer Mr. Pilling was asked what lie knew about Mr. Caragata. Mr. Pilling said he replied, "Probably, not as much as you do." "I explained that to my knowledge he attended university in Saskatchewan and had worked for a small- town newspaper in BC. He applied for a job with The Herald and we hired him in December of Mr. Pilling said. "That ended the convention But later in the year I had another1 call from the agent- but no new information was offered. "I explained to the RCMP agent that I was not interested in the political background of any reporter. I am interested in his newspaper credentials and the job he performs for us "In Mr. Caragata's case, I have found him to be a conscientious, hard working reporter who has done a great deal of good work for us. That is all that concerns me Herald publisher Cleo W Mowers today condemned the investigation. "I am dismayed that the police have the time and the inclination to spy on people whose only apparent offence is refusal to go along with the crowd. If this is indeed a free society as opposed to a Communist dictatorship, Mr Caragata is entitled to his own political views and so long as he does well what we hired him to do, we are content. "At issue here is not his politics or his work but whether a police state mentality is developing in Canada The Albertan said the RCMP kept files on the reporters and sought information about their political activities. The RCMP considers all of the newsmen investigated to be leftists and one was a member of the Communist Party of Canada. The Albertan quotes its source as saying security personnel used other media representatives to obtain Socreds hammer inflation lapse EDMONTON (CP) --The Social Credit oppposition Tuesday night moved a motion of non-confidence in the government, saying it has failed to handle inflation. Cattlemen demand new DES policy CALGARY (CP) The Canadian government's inconsistent stance of the use of a growth-promoting hormone m cattle must end immediately, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association said today. Gordon Parke, association president, said in a news release that the federal government must either release the hormone diethylstilbestrol, known as DES for use by Canadian beef producers immediately or halt all importations of beef and cattle from the United States. The federal government banned use of the chemical a year ago following similar action in the U.S. However, since January the hormone has been available in the U.S. after a court order reversed the ban in America. "Since that time more than 40.000 head of U.S. cattle have been imported for consumption in Canada and many of them have been treated with Mr. Parke said. The Canadian government imposed the ban because it was feared Canadian- produced cattle, treated with DES would not be acceptable in the U.S. and that Canadian consumers should not be exposed to animals treated with the hormone. Moscow talks bog MOSCOW