WASHINGTON (Dec. 19)
Senator Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, declared yesterday on the Senate floor that the United States Information Agency had no policy of catering in its overseas films to the political prejudices of Arab countries. The USIA has no such policy pertaining to its material nor will it ever adopt one,” he told the Senate.
In the House, however, Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, said he would seek legislation authorizing the agency to include a non-discrimination clause because of the controversy over the reported deletion from a USIA documentary of a scene showing a rabbi. Rep. Farbstein said earlier this week he would seek a report from the agency on the reported deletion.
Rep. Farbstein said today that he had faith in USIA director Edward R. Murrow but that he felt that guidelines should be clearly stated for the agency to follow in view of its activities in Arab countries.