The Press: Freedom Down

One of the fruits of the Munich Pact has been the growing impatience of democratic statesmen with their own, unregimented, freedom-loving press. This impatience was testily expressed by Britain's Neville Chamberlain last month while replying to critics in the House of Commons. "It is not," he lectured, "one of the characteristics of the totalitarian States to foul their own nests!''

British editors who print anti-Munich or anti-Chamberlain opinions were thus pointed at scornfully as nestfoulers. In France, where the journalistic roost is messy indeed because of the old French practice of outright bribes...

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