Press: News Gathering Under the Gun

Israel accuses U.S. journalists of suppressing stories, out of fear

No nation keeps a sharper eye on foreign press coverage of its flammable affairs than Israel. When it does not like what it sees, the Israeli government is quick to express its displeasure to newsmen. But rarely is the criticism as pointed, as personal or as outrageous as it was last week. Angered by a report on ABC'S 20/20 describing Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank, Ze'ev Chafets, director of the government press office, charged that certain U.S. and European news organizations...

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