The Press: Hors de Correspondence

At least 75 U.S. foreign correspondents have been silenced since Dec. 7 by arrest, capture and siege. Besides about three dozen held in Axis countries who may later be exchanged, there was last week a lost battalion of 22 correspondents in the Philippines who vanished two days before Manila's fall. Presumably they were with General MacArthur's forces on Bataan Peninsula. Only A.P.'s Clark Lee got out a brief dispatch—about three soldiers who escaped capture by playing dead. His story was relayed by Naval radio. Like MacArthur's bare communiqués, it said nothing about the whereabouts of the correspondents. Adventures of some others:

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