The Press: Frustration Near the Front

Few correspondents covering the war in Indochina have been so completely frustrated as the group of 50-odd camped at Quang Tri in northwestern South Viet Nam. They have been virtually stymied in their efforts to report major South Vietnamese operations in Laos. Officially, their only source of information is briefings by U.S. and South Vietnamese officers. U.S. helicopter pilots have been forbidden to carry correspondents into Laos. And when some American flyers leaked word to newsmen last week about an embattled South Vietnamese Ranger battalion, they were promptly prevented from having further conversations with correspondents. The pilots' operations center at Khe...

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