Western Correspondents Display Cold War Courage

Heinzerling, Larry
June 2006
Nieman Reports;Summer2006, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p45
The article discusses the bravery displayed by several journalists during the cold war in the 1950s. Leonard Kirschen was interrogated by the Romanian secret police. When he does not agree with their commands, he was forced to denied sleep. On the other hand, William Oatis and his entire Czech staff were charged with spying. The journalist was held in solitary confinement and was held incommunicado for nearly 70 days. Lastly, Endre Marton was also charged by espionage together with his wife. The journalist was threatened by the Hungarian military court with execution. However, he was freed in 1956.


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