The Press: Justice in Salonika

In his grey suit, green tie, silk shirt and crepe-soled shoes, 38-year-old Gregory Staktopoulos looked more like a clothier's model than a working journalist—or a man on trial for murder. Last week, in a heavily guarded courtroom in Salonika, Greece, he fixed his gaze for a moment on the icon of Christ set high on the wall. Then, in a quaking voice, Defendant Staktopoulos told how CBS Correspondent George Polk was murdered a year ago in Salonika Bay.

Staktopoulos, onetime Communist and part-time correspondent for Reuters news agency, denied that he himself had killed...

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