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Israeli Journalists Boycott Foreign Ministry; Resent New Regulations

The Israel Journalists Association and the Editors Guild today instructed their political correspondents to continue an unofficial boycott against the Israel Foreign Ministry after the failure of efforts to ease regulations which the groups charged jeopardized normal journalistic work.

The disputed regulations provide for special advance announcements of intended visits by reporters to Foreign Ministry officials, special security officials to accompany reporters to and from interview sites and similar requirements. The Journalists Association also announced its intention to return all official press cards as a protest. Its 500 members also asserted that the cards proved to be worthless even in government offices.

Mrs. Golda Meir. Israel’s Foreign Minister, who is at the United Nations General Assembly cabled the journalists’ groups asking them to comply with the new regulations temporarily and to review them with her on her return later this month. Her request has been refused by the executive board of the Editors Guild and the Journalists Associations of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.