The campaign for a worldwide free press has garnered both favorable and negative results in the past year, says Lee Roderick, outgoing president of the National Press Club.
Roderick, in Logan Saturday to receive the alumnus of the year award at Utah State University, said journalists have found new openness in the Soviet Union, China and Eastern Europe.However, the Washington bureau chief for Scripps League Newspapers said there are indications that it is becoming more dangerous to report the news in underdeveloped Third World countries.
"I'm saddened to know that 25 of my colleagues around the world were killed in the line of duty in 1988, and about 800 others were jailed or otherwise harassed," he said. "It is easier to be a journalist today in the larger communist countries, but in many unstable Third World countries, it's becoming more dangerous every year."
Roderick said the relationship between the press and the White House has changed dramatically with the inauguration of President Bush.
He said the Reagan administration essentially was closed to reporters, but Bush had - while not yet calling a formal evening news conference - appeared more open to the press.
Roderick said he was not surprised at the verdict in the Oliver North trial but does not feel North should be jailed. He also predicted that Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright eventually will step down under pressure from alleged ethics violations.