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Panel discusses reporter's WWII surrender scoop
Panel discusses AP reporter's decision to report WWII surrender, defying military censors
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Speakers at a panel are disagreeing over whether a correspondent for The Associated Press who defied military censors by reporting that the Germans had surrendered in World War II had acted right.

Edward Kennedy was fired by the AP after he became the first journalist to send a firsthand account of the surrender. It had already been reported on the radio in Europe. Kennedy defied officials who told journalists to keep it secret for 36 hours as a condition of witnessing it.

Retired foreign correspondent John Darton said Tuesday that he questioned why Kennedy didn't let AP higher-ups know what he was doing. But former AP foreign correspondent George Bria said Kennedy was correct, that competitive news pressures made it vital to have the information first and right.

AP President and CEO Tom Curley has apologized for the agency's decision to fire Kennedy, who died in 1963.

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