Date: Wed, 30 Dec 98 22:07:13 -0000

ADL's Journalistic Status Reaffirmed by California ...

     NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The
Anti-Defamation League today hailed a California Court of
Appeals' reaffirmation of ADL's status a journalistic
newsgathering organization and its ruling that ADL's
files  are largely protected from disclosure. The ruling
came in the context  of civil litigation brought by anti-
Israel activists and others.

     Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, issued the
following statement: "We view the decision as a victory
for ADL and a victory for the First Amendment. The
California Court of Appeals' decision reaffirms our
status a journalistic newsgathering organization with the
right to  protect our files. ADL is confident that the
Court's ruling, which  allowed for very limited
discovery, will demonstrate that the  plaintiffs' claims
are unfounded.

------ The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is
the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism
through programs and  services that counteract hatred,
prejudice and bigotry.

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