Press: Wake-Up Calls by Machine Gun

Censorship and bullets hit correspondents' Lebanon coverage

Foreign correspondents covering the Israeli invasion of Lebanon last week had their problems. Those reporting from the Israeli side were told little and saw less. In Lebanon, journalists had a surprising amount of freedom, but at a high cost. "The machine-gun and antiaircraft fire is your 5 a.m. wake-up call," said Tim McNulty, a Middle East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. "It's been a week of sustained fear, and it doesn't look like it will get any better." Said Thomas Baldwin of the Associated Press: "In Beirut it's a risk just to walk outside your...

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