A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 21, 1974

Journalists face obvious risks covering wars and riots. But those are not the only personally hazardous situations they encounter. Two recent incidents illustrate how vulnerable newsmen abroad can be to the vicissitudes of local politics.

In Recife, Brazil one morning two weeks ago, military police arrested Frederick B. Morris, 40, a stringer (part-time correspondent) for TIME and the Associated Press. Taken to a military prison, he was held incommunicado for three days before being allowed to talk to a U.S. consul and unreel his tale of horror: while shackled to the door of his cell, he was subjected to a 32-hour stretch...

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