The Press: Grotesque Performance

Before a Paris meeting of the U.N.'s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, U.S. Delegate Channing Tobias rose one day last week to denounce Czechoslovakia's "grotesque performance" in imprisoning A.P. Correspondent William Oatis (TIME, May 7 et seq.). Since Oatis was merely performing the routine duties of a reporter, Tobias said, the U.S. will never "cease to protest the use of William Oatis as a pawn in the suppression of freedom." Added Belgian Delegate Fernand Dehousse: The Communist's definition of a good reporter is one who "must believe the word of the Czech government... or else be considered a spy."

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