INTRODUCTION: Forth of the 52 former American hostages met newsmen at the United States military academy at West Point on Tuesday (27 January) before flying to Washington for a White House reception.
GV hostages on dais facing newsmen at conference
SV hostage Bruce Laingen pull back and pan to reporter asking question of black hostage, Mr. Charles Jones who replies (5 shots)
CU & SV Woman hostage Elizabeth-Ann Swift speaking (2 shots)
SV Iranian Director of hostage negotiations, Ahmad Azizi, speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) REPORTER:"I'd like to address Mr. Jones. Being the only black American that was kept in captivity this long Sir, you were quoted as saying that you felt like an animal kept in a zoo. I wonder if you can enlarge on that and were you treated any differently that the rest of the hostages?"
JONES (SEQ 2): "On the first part of the question I felt, as far as I felt like an animal in a zoo, that was for all of us. We were fed like, at certain times we're being watched all the time, in other words that is what I was talking about. I wasn't talking about being mistreated as an animal in a zoo."
SWIFT (SEQ 3): "The Iranian students, I don't know about everybody else but while, with Kate and I they were constantly saying that the US press is misreporting this and we were constantly telling them the US press was free and a you know, good responsible press and I'd like the US press to prove that now. I at the moment have a case in point which I am very concerned over which is Newsweek magazine which has a statement by me, a quote by me, in here on torture. I never talked to anybody from Newsweek, I never said this to anybody, any other correspondent and it's not true."
AZIZI (SEQ 4): "These claims that they have been maltreated in Iran is completely baseless, and I think this is something which has been just told by them by the American authorities in the limited days which they were kept in hospital in Germany. And I can very explicitly say that they have been brainwashed to tell this. Because we have many obvious reasons for rejection of these claims."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Forth of the 52 former American hostages met newsmen at the United States military academy at West Point on Tuesday (27 January) before flying to Washington for a White House reception. The returnees freely talked about the conditions under which they were held for 444 days, their thoughts on the negotiations which freed them and their feelings of joy on coming home. None of them made specific accusations of ill treatment during their captivity, although they had done so during earlier informal interviews with reporters. One of the two women, Elizabeth-Ann Swift appealed to newsmen to be very accurate in their reporting of alleged mistreatment. In Iran, the Director of Hostage negotiations in the Prime Minister's office, Ahmad Azizi, ha denied the hostages were mistreated. Mr. Azizi claimed the hostages were brainwashed during their stay in Weisbaden.