Press: Truce in Paris

UNESCO delegates drop a threat to curb the news

For a time it seemed as if the biennial general conference of the 146-nation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris would be remembered for adopting Soviet-style curbs on press freedom. But last week, applauding delegates passed by acclamation a U.S.-supported compromise, lifting at least temporarily a threat that has been hanging over the West since 1970.

Leading the conference to a middle ground was UNESCO's director general, Amadou Mahtar M'Bow, of Senegal. He steered his Third World colleagues away from a declaration, originally sponsored by M'Bow himself, intended to counter what...

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