President Carter has branded as "murder" the killing of an American television journalist by Nicaraguan National Guardsmen.
SV AND CU EXTERIOR: Television van. (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR: Television technician
SV PAN INTERIOR: rest of T.V. crew at news conference.
LS EXTERIOR: reporter kneeling and lying in front of soldiers one of whom shoots him.
SV INTERIOR: news conference. (2 shots)
CU: TV correspondent Al Dale speaking in English
GV AND SV EXTERIOR: Nicaraguans outside Red Cross Centre. (2 shots)
CU: President Somoza
GILMOUR: "A.B.C. news correspondent Bill Stewart went out with his crew this morning in this van clearly marked T.V. and "periodista" - Spanish for journalist.
"Stewart was with this man, an A.B.C. technician and with a cameraman, and interpreter and a driver. An A.B.C. technician watched from the truck as Stewart and an interpreter walked toward a group of soldiers just standing around. The A.B.C. cameraman taped this scene."
CAMERAMAN: "Oh, its getting nasty, getting nasty."
TECHNICIAN: "No, no, I'll stay right in there. Let them see the pictures, er, the camera."
GILMOUR: "The Nicaraguan interpreter was also shot dead. The technician, cameraman and driver were allowed to return to their hotel with Stewart's body. Stewart had been holding a white flag and a Nicaraguan official knew his identification. Stewart's fellow correspondent, Al Dale, who had not been at the scene, said of Stewart..."
DALE: "He was not, as I say, a gung-ho cowboy type who would run out and try to make a name in a war or anything like that. It was a job at hand and he was doing the best that he could and he was a cautious person."
GILMOUR: "This morning, as I visited the Managua Red Cross, people for the first time since I have been here, came up to me to say they blamed the United States for President Somoza's problems with the left-wing Sandinista's. Last night Nicaraguan Radio said the foreign Press is in league with the Sandinista communists.
"President Anastasio Somoza, who is also the Commander of the National Guard here, recently claimed U.S. reporters were biased against him, but it is not know if anti-journalist feeling led to Stewart's death."
REPORTER: SANDY GILMOUR
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Background: President Carter has branded as "murder" the killing of an American television journalist by Nicaraguan National Guardsmen. Bill Stewart -- a New York based reporter with the American Broadcasting Company -- was shot in the head by a Government patrol near a rebel-held area in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. A Nicaraguan interpreter with the television crew was also killed. President Carter said the shooting was "an act of barbarism that all civilised people condemn." The television crew were all unarmed and were travelling in a van showing a white flag. The Nicaraguan Government said Mr. Stewart was shot while running away but as the American Broadcasting Company film in this report shows this was clearly not the case. NBC reporter Sandy Gilmour explains what happened.