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Editors, Publishers Meet to Discuss Free Press Issues

May 11, 1986

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ Editors, publishers and broadcasters gathered Sunday for the 35th general assembly of the International Press Institute, a three-day conference on problems of press freedom and news coverage around the world.

Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu of Johannesburg, South Africa, a leading anti- apartheid spokesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, opens the meeting Monday. Tutu contends that white-controlled media in South Africa largely fail to provide balanced, thorough coverage of the country’s racial conflict.

About 300 delegates, nearly all from the West and the Third World, are attending the conference in the Hofburg, the former Austrian imperial palace. The International Press Institute is a London-based, independently financed organization that seeks to promote press freedom.

Austrian Chancellor Fred Sinowatz and Foreign Minister Leopold Gratz are to speak at the conference, as are Hector Magnetto, executive vice president and general manager of Diario Clarin in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Thomas Winship of the Center for Foreign Journalists in Reston, Va.; former Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco Balsemao of Expresso in Lisbon; Hisanori Isomura of Japan Broadcasting Corp. in Tokyo; and editor Anthony Heard of the Cape Times in Cape Town, South Africa.