The Press: Last Story

Faces set in determination, the three-member delegation from the directors of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, West Germany's largest wire service, walked out of the board meeting in Cologne's posh Hotel Excelsior Ernst and up to the trim little man who had been waiting in the lobby. The man listened to only a few words before quietly interrupting: "I gather you want to get rid of me."

Fritz Sänger, 57, was absolutely right: after ten years, he was out as chief editor of D.P.-A.—and by last week the West German press bristled with charges that his firing was for reasons that were political, not...

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