The Press: Viet Nam: New Dangers Covering an Old Story

Covering the war in Indochina has always been dangerous for reporters and cameramen. Since 1964, the toll stands at 39 killed, 20 missing and 167 wounded.* But Vietnamization and the concomitant withdrawal of U.S. troops have, unhappily, made life even more hazardous for those who must cover Viet Nam.

Since the South Vietnamese started their counteroffensive north of Hué last month, four cameramen have been killed and Newsweek Reporter Alexander Shimkin is missing in an ambush and presumed dead. Freelance Photographer Gerard Hebert was cut down by artillery while talking with a U.S....