The Press: Between the Lines

By tradition and necessity, the role of the reporter is to observe rather than to act. He remains the professional outsider, detached and uninvolved. To reverse Tennyson, his is to reason why, not do or die. But sometimes the distinction between observer and actor breaks down. The last few weeks in Cambodia, notes TIME Correspondent Robert Anson, has been such a time. His report, filed from Phnom-Penh, headquarters for more than 100 foreign correspondents:

Since the coup that swept Prince Sihanouk from power, reporters here have served as the eyes and ears not only of their news organizations but also of the...

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