Indonesia: Preference for Privacy

President Sukarno last week was in the midst of a ceremony installing the new Indonesian Ambassador to Syria when suddenly another idea hit him. Turning on a small cluster of newsmen at the Merdeka Palace, Sukarno stormed, "I told you before that I would kick out all foreign correspondents who report lies. To hell with your lies! All correspondents out!"

With that, formal ouster orders were sent to the handful of U.S. reporters in Indonesia—the Associated Press's Antoine Yared, the United Press International's Raymond E. Stannard, and the

New York Times's stringer Donald Kirk. What riled Sukarno were widely printed reports...

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