Six journalists.....four Cambodian, a Japanese, and a New Zealand-born woman journalist....arrived in Phnom Penh on?
MS Journalists off helicopter and towards camera
MCU Girl walking between two men
MS Girl walking with three men
MCU Kate Webb walking with more men and into car (2 shots)
CU People in car
MS Car drives away
CU Kate Webb talks to friends and walks to hotel (2 shots)
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Background: Six journalists.....four Cambodian, a Japanese, and a New Zealand-born woman journalist....arrived in Phnom Penh on Saturday (1 May) after being freed by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops near Kompong Speu. The journalists disappeared on April 7 after a surprise North Vietnamese attack had overrun a Cambodian battalion near the Pich Nil Pass, southwest of Phnom Penh. The body of the 27-year-old woman journalist....Miss Kate Webb...was earlier reported to have been found and cremated on April 20. Miss Webb has told of good treatment by their captors, and her amusement at reading her obituaries. She believes morale is high among the Viet Cong. This coverage was filmed by an NBC crew.
SYNOPSIS: Six journalists released by the Viet Cong on Saturday, after disappearing during a surprise ambush of a Cambodian battalion nearly a month ago, have arrived back at Phnom Penh unhurt.
Miss Kate Webb, a new Zealand-born United Press International journalist, who was among them, had recently been reported dead after her supposed body was found and cremated. She expressed amusement at being able to read her own obituary.
Together with the other captured journalists....a Japanese, and four Cambodians.....27-year-old Miss Webb was treated well by her captors who brought her specially tailored clothes and had given them all a "celebration" meal of fruit, sweets, tea and cigarettes before their release near Highway Four.
The journalists had been told during their captivity that it was the policy of the Cambodian Liberation Forces, as the captors referred to themselves, not to kill journalists. They were also told no other journalists were being held prisoner in Southwest Cambodia.
Eight newsmen are known to have been killed in the area, and another 17 are still missing. Miss Webb believes the worst period of her captivity was during the first two days when bombs fell close nearby. Here, and at the time, she was wearing a Chinese-inscribed pendant with the motto...."a long and happy life."