The Press: Assignment: War & Rebellion

World maps at the headquarters of major news-gathering organizations took a rare beating last week as harried editors plucked and switched pins representing correspondents to keep up with wide-ranging, fast-breaking stories of war and rebellion. The correspondents took a beating too—from bullets, censorship, travel snags, official red tape and broken communications.

To cover the Hungarian rebellion newsmen based all over Western Europe poured into Vienna and headed for the Hungarian border, minus Hungarian visas, which were almost impossible to get. At a manure-strewn Austrian border village named Nickelsdorf, they grabbed interviews with escaping...

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