The Press: No Man's Land

In France's bloody conflict in Algeria, war correspondents are running not only the occupational hazard of shot and shell but a new kind of risk. Though 350,000 French troops are committed, and the hostilities have claimed some 50,000 deaths on both sides, France does not recognize the conflict as a war. Result: a legalistic no man's land in which reporters trying conscientiously to get the Algerian side of the story by meeting with fellagha leaders either in Paris or Algiers put themselves at the mercy of French security and treason laws.

Last September the...

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