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A. Correspondent Still Barred from Lebanon, Although Govt. Lifts Ban on Others

All newspaper correspondents, foreign, Jewish and Jewish–with the single exception of Gerold Frank of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today were granted Lebanese visas to cover the United Nations Special Committee Palestine which moves to Beirut Sunday.

Granting of visas by Lebanon to French, South African and Palestine correspondents, and those already given to United States reporters traveling with (##)OP, left Frank as the only one specifically banned. UNSCOP said it was powerless intervene since it was a matter between Frank and the Lebanese. When asked the (##)on for the Lebanese action, that country’s consul here replied today: “My hands (##)tied. The ban came from Beirut.”

It is understood the ban was ordered by the Lebanese Foreign Office not only (##)use of the sensational interview obtained by Frank last year with the Maronite (##)bishop of Beirut, in which he expressed sympathy with the Zionist cause, but (##) because Frank had charged in his writings that Lebanon was a “police state.”

Theodore Backer of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is among those accredited to (##) to Lebanon.