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Let the pundits preen for the cameras and deliver sound bites on the sanctity of a free press. Henry Hoberman C'82, L'85 has no time for grandstanding. He's got serious work to do.

Twelve years after he and others forced the public release of independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's full Iran-Contra Report, over vociferous objections from President Reagan and Oliver North, Hoberman's First Amendment antennae are up again. This time they have been activated in part by the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to disclose her confidential sources in the case of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame.

This summer, as official Washington's temperature spiked over the controversy, Hoberman, ABC's lead litigator, boarded a train with network news president, David Westin, to lobby senators and congressman to support a federal shield law which would protect journalists.

"The outcome will have implications for journalists and the public for years to come," says Hoberman, senior vice president of litigation and employment practices for ABC, Inc., which includes all of ABC's television, radio and news operations. "Major news stories like Watergate and Enron were based largely on confidential sources. That kind of enterprise reporting may be on the endangered species list unless Congress creates a Federal Shield Law."
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