Press: Third World vs. Fourth Estate

Showdown in Paris over a bid to curb the free flow of news

In his 1942 autobiography, Barriers Down, former Associated Press Chief Kent Cooper described how a cartel of European press agencies controlled all the news that flowed into and out of the U.S. until well into the 1930s. "It told the world about the Indians on the warpath in the West, lynchings in the South and bizarre crimes in the North ... nothing creditable to America ever was sent," Cooper complained.

A similar complaint is being heard today. This time it is the developing nations of the Third...

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