The Press: Truth over the Air

Made in Algiers, the recording reproduced with chilling immediacy the crackle of guns as French soldiers mowed down unarmed Europeans on Oran's streets, the moans of the wounded and dying, the desperate, unheeded cries of French officers commanding their troops to cease fire.

Frenchmen heard these appalling sounds not on their government-owned radio and TV monopoly, RTF (for Radiodiffusion Television Française), but in broadcasts from an independent station headquartered in the tiny principality of Monaco.

And by last week the infuriated French government itself had declared a war to the death on the...

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