Rosenblum, Mort
July 1977
Foreign Affairs;Jul1977, Vol. 55 Issue 4
A popular melody has joined the reggae rhythms in Jamaican nightclubs, it is a song called, "The Foreign Press." In rich island dialect, the song accuses correspondents of besmirching Jamaica's good name with false reports throughout the world. Leaders in the Third World, with new and growing confidence, are translating into action their frustration with international news coverage Government criticism of the press is hardly new, but only recently have leaders acted so harshly on such a large scale. Reporters are banned, jailed, and, in some instances, tortured or shot. Dispatches are censored, and news sources arc stringently muzzled International news agency reports are controlled and foreign publications are seized India, which prided itself on having a free press in the world's largest democracy, expelled five Americans and two British correspondents as part of a series of press restrictions which began in June 1975 and did not end until Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was voted out of office in March 1977.


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