The Press: Out of the Zoo

The Chinese Communists keep Peking's tiny complement of foreign correspondents (about 25) penned up like zoo animals, spoon-feed them a diet of propaganda seldom adulterated by truth. But now and then the tamest specimens, i.e., those with the staunchest Communist records, are led forth for a blinkered stroll around the compound. Last week 19 such journalists returned to Peking after a three-week tour of ravaged Tibet.

The arrangements were pure Mao dynasty. All 19 excursionists were carefully chosen on the basis of docility: reporters from Pravda, Tass, Poland's Trybuna Ludu, North Korean news agencies, Britain's Red Sheep Alan Winnington (the London Daily...

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