The Press: Closed-Door Policy

In the Far East command of General Douglas MacArthur, U.S. correspondents who have written dispatches critical of the commander or of occupation policies have soon learned what it is like to be unpopular. Some got the deep freeze from Mac-Arthur's staff. Others who left Tokyo on visits, or assignments in the Far East, had to wait weeks and slice through endless snarls of red tape before they were allowed to return to Japan (TIME, Feb. 9, 1948).

Recently, Douglas MacArthur went a step farther: he flatly barred a correspondent of the leftwing, anti-Communist Nation...

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