Alain Clement, the French journalist released by guerrillas in Cambodia three days ago, arrived in Paris today (Sunday August 23) and spoke to reporters about his imprisonment.
Alain Clement, the French journalist released by guerrillas in Cambodia three days ago, arrived in Paris today (Sunday August 23) and spoke to reporters about his imprisonment. He was taken prisoner on July 7. The other two journalists in the three man film crew had died from wounds on their way to hospital, the guerrillas told him.
Clement said that the and other captured journalists were treated very well during their detention and that the attitude of the guerrillas towards them was friendly. He brought with him news of other journalists who would, he said, be released shortly, though he knew nothing of at least 18 others still being held by pro-Sihanouk forces in Cambodia.
The two other members of the film crew, which was from the state-owned broadcasting network ORTF, were Rene Puissesseau and Raymond Meyer. Clement was given their passports and watches before leaving the guerrillas.
The Federation of French Journalists Associations is to ask the French Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann to seek ratification by the United Nations of a draft convention to protect journalists on dangerous assignments. The Federation announced this move in a communique paying tribute to the two dead journalists.