The Press: Hunger for Justice

Every pressroom has him—the unobtrusive character who is not a professional newsman but who is always around, his duties uncertain, his status undetermined, tolerated and even liked by the pros. But few can boast a more memorable character than Vo Song Thiet, a tiny, bespectacled Vietnamese who bicycled into Geneva in 1954 and has been a fixture of the Palais des Nations' pressroom ever since.

Vo arrived as the diplomats were gathering to carve up Viet Nam. He pitched his green tent on a patch of lawn outside the Palais des Nations. To protest...