The Press: Freedom to Libel

Like any other news service, Tass, the Russian agency, has reporters in most world capitals. There the resemblance stops. Tass's chief clients are Russian newspapers, its reporters are frequently Communists, and they often seem more interested in keeping the Kremlin in formed than they do about making a Pravda deadline. For this reason, their presence at off-the-record press conferences has sometimes worried officials of Western nations who prefer to keep their confidences off-the-record from Moscow.

For anyone still in doubt as to the real status of Tass, a London court made a clarifying...

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