The Press: Present at the Fall

As victorious Khmer Rouge forces closed in on Phnom-Penh last week, 17 or so foreign journalists passed up the last evacuation flight, electing instead to cover the fall of the capital. It was a perilous decision. There were reports that Khmer Rouge troops had vowed to kill any Americans they found; Chau Seng, a Khmer Rouge Politburo member in Paris, offered only an opaque promise that once the city was taken "competent authorities will examine [the journalists'] cases" before deciding their fate.

Among the newsmen believed to be holed up in the French embassy at the end were five Americans:

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