The Press: Bottleneck Broken

Pre-Nazi Vienna was a tight bottleneck for Central European news. Correspondents in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece kept Vienna bureaus of the great press organizations primed. Thence the news of Central Europe—much of it brewed by good imaginations in Viennese coffeehouses— flowed out to the world comparatively free of censorship.

Violently upset last week was this clearinghouse press system. During the first hectic days after anschluss (TIME, March 21) the lid of Nazi censorship was harshly clamped on Vienna's journalists. Telephone calls for foreign correspondents were tapped, mail was watched,...

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